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The Importance of Fluoride

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Many people have heard of fluoride and that it is good for our teeth. Do you know why, and how it works? Read on to learn more about fluoride and why it is vital to a healthy smile.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in the earth’s crust, as well as in nature. It is added to drinking water to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities by concentrating in the growing bones and teeth of children, hardening adult teeth before they emerge, as well as harden enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged.

How Does Fluoride Work?

After we eat, our saliva contains acids that can cause calcium and phosphorous to dissolve under the tooth’s surface. Fluoride can help to harden the minerals in your teeth, strengthening them and preventing damage in the future.

Fluoride Treatment Options

Topical fluoride treatments can be applied directly to the teeth, and can include toothpaste, mouth rinse, and professional fluoride treatments. Topical fluoride is only placed in the mouth for a short period of time, though fluoride levels will remain high in the mouth for several hours after treatments.

Professional fluoride treatments can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish, and helps to strengthen the teeth. At our office, we offer professional fluoride treatments.

Both children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatments, though it can be especially beneficial to children who are growing in their adult teeth.

If you have any questions regarding fluoride treatments, contact our office today!