Even with the amount of research on how fluoride benefits oral health, many communities in the United States still do not provide fluoridated water. In fact, over 30% of the US population does not receive fluoridated water. For a long time, it was believed that only patients who had been drinking fluoridated water since childhood could benefit from fluoride.
However, a new study, led by UNC School of Dentistry, shows that fluoride can reduce tooth decay in adults, even if they never received fluoridated water growing up.
“Now we show that fluoridated water reduces tooth decay in adults, even if they start drinking it after childhood. In public health terms, it means that more people benefit from water fluoridation than previously thought,” states Gary Slade, leader of the study.
What does this mean for you?
This means that you can benefit from fluoride treatments, no matter your age, and even if you did not receive fluoridated water growing up!
Even better, at Dr. David Trotter’s office, we offer fluoride treatment and fluoride rinses to reduce the amount of tooth decay. So, even if you did not grow up in a community with fluoridated water, you can still reap the benefits associated with fluoride treatment starting today!
How does fluoride work?
Fluoride works to decrease your chances of tooth decay in two ways:
- Fluoride compounds seep into and harden the enamel of your tooth. This enamel is the hard layering on the surface of your tooth that protects against the acid created by bacteria.
- Fluoride also works to decrease the bacteria’s ability to stick to your teeth. Fluoride makes it easier to brush and rinse away bacteria. If bacteria is not able to stick to your teeth, it is not able to produce the acid that is responsible for decay.
Fluoride Treatment at Dr. David Trotter’s Office
Here at Dr. David Trotter’s office, we offer fluoride treatments to reduce the chances of tooth decay. Our professional strength fluoride treatment has a much higher concentration of fluoride than that found in toothpastes and rinses.
The treatment is pain free, quick and effective. Our dentist will apply the fluoride directly to the teeth. The treatment takes only a few minutes and depending on your needs, may be recommended every 3, 6 or 12 months. Visit our office or call us today at (865) 453-2890 to schedule your fluoride treatment!