What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and in many foods. Extensive research has shown that optimal levels of fluoride can reduce cavities in both children and adults, and fluoride also helps to repair tooth decay in its early stages even before it is visible. Fluoride works to prevent and repair decay by remineralizing the enamel surface of the teeth as it is attacked acids, bacteria, sugars, and plaque on a daily basis.

Do I need fluoride?

Fluoride can greatly benefit your oral health by preventing and repairing tooth decay. You receive some fluoride from drinking water and from foods in your diet, and most toothpastes are fluoridated. We may also suggest that you use a fluoride mouth rinse to further protect your teeth. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Nadia Hamouda, may recommend professional fluoride treatment in the form of a varnish, which is 80% more effective than fluoride foam. Fluoride varnish can help you stay cavity free, prevent recurrent decay around existing fillings or crown margins, and dramatically improve tooth sensitivity caused by gum recession and exposed root surfaces.

We welcome you to contact us at White Pearl Dentistry to learn more about fluoride in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and to discover whether your smile can benefit from professional fluoride treatment.