While fluoride is great at preventing tooth decay, sometimes there isn’t enough of it to protect your teeth. If there isn’t enough of it in your local water supply, your dentist may prescribe supplemental fluoride treatments for you.
Fluoride is a natural substance that is a byproduct of the element fluorine, which is Earth’s 13th most abundant element. Fluoride is found in the soil, all plant life, and in natural water supplies. The mineral that we know as fluoride is usually found in calcium deposits in phosphate rocks and mined to add to water.
If there isn’t enough fluoride in local water supplies, the water department usually adds it to keep teeth healthy. However, if your local water doesn’t contain additional fluoride, then your teeth may show some signs of tooth decay due to the lack of fluoride.
Depending on the patient’s age, our dentists may prescribe fluoride treatments to help prevent further decay and strengthen the teeth. For children, their ages dictate how much fluoride our dentists at Dental Care of Boca Raton will prescribe them.
Fluoride is available as tablets, drops, varnishes, gels, or foams. When our dentists provide patients with supplemental fluoride, they brush on varnishes, gels, or use foams on the teeth. The supplements in our dentists’ offices in Boca Raton have a higher level of concentration than foams, mouth rinses, or drops that people buy without a prescription.
If supplements are prescribed, then our dentists at Dental Care of Boca Raton may suggest treatments every six months or, in severe cases, every three months. However, it depends on the patients’ age, what type of supplement, and how strong it is that they use.
It is possible to get too much of a good thing if a patient is young. Too much fluoride and kids can develop fluorosis, which can mottle children’s teeth and affect their ligaments. However, our dentists near you in Boca Raton are careful to use the right amount of fluoride to keep you or your kids’ teeth healthy.