How fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth and maintain oral health

If you have ever walked the oral healthcare aisle of your local drugstore, you may have noticed many toothpastes contain an ingredient called fluoride. Dr. Blanca Fernandez of Highland Dental Clinic in South Lakeland, Florida, encourages patients to learn more about fluoride and its role in dentistry. Continue reading to educate yourself further on this mineral that is integrated into toothpaste, water, and in-office dental treatments.

What is fluoride, and how can it protect the smile?

Fluoride is best described as a naturally occurring mineral that can help prevent tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. It works by strengthening the enamel on your teeth, making it harder for bacteria to stick to them and cause infections. It also helps reduce the amount of acid produced by plaque-causing bacteria, reducing the risks of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Where can I find fluoride?

Fluoride can be found in many places, from natural sources like drinking water and foods to added sources like toothpaste and mouth rinses. Although fluoride occurs naturally in some areas of the world, many countries, including the United States of America, add it to their public water systems as part of a comprehensive oral health program. This is known as fluoridation, which has been credited with helping reduce tooth decay rates among children and adults worldwide.

How can fluoride be used in achieving oral health and wellness?

Fluoride can be a great asset to your oral health routine when used correctly. Always follow the directions on your toothpaste or other dental products that contain fluoride, and be sure to visit Highland Dental Clinic regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. Depending on your needs, Dr. Fernandez may also recommend additional treatments, such as topical fluoride applications or even dental sealants.

With the help of fluoride, you can keep your teeth healthy for years to come!

If you live in or around South Lakeland, FL, and want to work with our team at Highland Dental Clinic to improve your oral health, call (863) 457-1954 to book an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 5163 US Highway 98. We are here to serve you and assist you in achieving the smile of your dreams!

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the body, but it’s not impervious to damage from food, drinks, genetics, or poor general health.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and strengthening weak spots on teeth and exposed roots. Many public water systems now add fluoride to your drinking water. But if you don’t have public water, or if your teeth are resistant to fluoride, Dr. Fernandez or your hygienist can apply a fluoride treatment for you or your children as needed.

Good dental hygiene at home will help as well. If you’re prone to cavities, regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste plus flossing consistently will help keep your mouth cavity-free. And reduce any trips to the dentist! We love to see you, but we know cavities are a pain!

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.