One of the most effective minerals for preventing tooth decay is that of fluoride. Fluoride is naturally present in many foods, and is added into most city water supplies. It can also be integrated into toothpastes and mouthwashes that patients can utilize each day. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND encourage patients to learn more about this amazing mineral and what it can do for their smiles.
What is fluoride?
This mineral is perfect for strengthening the natural tooth enamel. While patients can increase their fluoride through drinking more city water and eating foods that are high in fluoride, others may want to ask their dentist about a specialized fluoride treatment. Fluoride can be applied to the teeth with a topical solution, or may be given as a drop or gel for systemic application. Topical fluoride treatments are done right in the dental office, while patients who may benefit from systemic fluoride will take supplements as directed to strengthen the teeth that have not yet erupted through the gumline.
Who can benefit from fluoride?
Everyone benefits from fluoride, either as a topical treatment done in the dental office or through consumption or supplements. When patients think of fluoride treatments, they wrongly believe that these treatments are just for children. Adults can benefit from fluoride treatments as well to achieve better oral health and wellness.
Can I ask about fluoride?
We strongly encourage patients to ask our dentists questions when they are in for their routine visits. We want patients to be educated on how to care for their smiles. Patients who might be good candidates for fluoride treatments can find out if their dental insurance provides fluoride applications as part of their benefits. This makes it often much more affordable and attainable, even for patients on a tight budget. Patients without dental insurance can work with our front desk to discuss cost.
Call Broadway Family Dentistry today
Minot, ND patients and families interested in learning more about fluoride for stronger, healthier teeth are invited to book an appointment with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen by calling (701) 839-1299. The office is located at 1839 South Broadway Street and is open to new patients.