Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, the majority of Australian drinking water were fluoridated, a program where the levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the water in increased to strengthen teeth against tooth decay, resulting in healthier teeth and dental health. Flouiride is so important to achieving dental health that in fact the US Centers for Disease Control state that the, “Fluoridation of drinking water…one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century”.
As well as drinking fluoridated water and always using fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatment at Somerset Dental, Narellan can actually reverse the effects of acid attacks on your teeth. A dental fluoride treatment can help to strengthen the structure of the tooth by ‘remineralising’ it, so that the damage is repaired and the tooth becomes more resistant to acid.
After your dental fluoride treatment and between dental visits, there are things you can be doing at home to maximise the long lasting benefits of your fluoride treatment.
- Brushing your teeth right – Brushing your teeth, twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time is important to keep your mouth clean, fresh and healthy.
- Using fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste. While most toothpastes on the market include fluoride, some natural toothpastes do not. Check the ingredients list on your toothpaste if you are unsure.
- Flossing – Cleaning between your teeth with floss prevents small pieces of food from becoming lodged and decaying the surrounding teeth
- Diet – What you eat and drink have a large impact on the health of your teeth. A well balanced diet is good for your general health as well as your dental health.
Dental fluoride treatments are highly recommended to extend the protection of fluoride you are already getting from drinking water. Dental fluoride treatments are recommended as part of your regular dental hygiene and should be scheduled for every 6-months.
Our team at Somerset Dental can help with your oral health. Contact Somerset Dental on 4648 0909 and get the advice you need today.