Once the teeth break through the gums, the fluoride naturally found in water can remineralize the tooth enamel as it is in your system. While these trace amounts of fluoride are beneficial, topical fluoride applied when brushing once the teeth have broken through the gums can better protect the teeth themselves from food and drink, because it mixes with saliva and spreads throughout the mouth for hours after brushing.
In fact, according to a recent study, children can start using fluoride based toothpastes as young as two years old in extremely thin layers on their toothbrush. As they reach the ages of three to six and can properly spit the toothpaste out, children are allowed up to the size of a grain of rice in toothpaste on their toothbrush. This continue to increase with age.
Fluoride in the Water Supply
It’s common in Texas for fluoride to be added to the public water supply (also known as tap water) to support the teeth and prevent tooth decay. Prior to water being found in tap water, cavities were much more prevalent than cavities.
Ask Our Hygienists About Fluoride Treatments
For most patients we recommend that once a year you receive a fluoride treatment during your dental exam and dental cleaning to better protect the enamel on your teeth. These treatments are a key part to having lasting protection against cavities. If you have any questions about getting the proper amount of fluoride or if you want to add a fluoride treatment to your next cleaning, speak to one of our dental hygienists at Pickett Family Dental during your next visit or call us at (817) 431-5514.