Dental Fluoride

Dental science discovered-and ultimately proved to the world-that fluoride, a mineral found in rocks and soil, prevents tooth decay. Although dental caries (tooth decay) remains a public health worry, it is no longer the unbridled problem it once was, thanks to fluoride.

Will fluoride help prevent tooth decay?

Yes. Using fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water can help protect teeth from decay. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. If your drinking is not fluoridated, talk to Springwoods Village Dental about other kinds of fluoride that can help keep your child’s teeth healthy.

How does fluoride make the best
defense against tooth decay?

  • fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay
  • fluoride repairs tiny areas of decay before they become big cavities
  • fluoride makes germs in the mouth less able to cause decay

Does anything else help to prevent tooth decay?

Yes. Sealants and fluoride together can prevent almost all tooth decay.