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Q. Why is fluoride so important?
A. Fluoride is naturally occurring in all water sources, even in the ocean. Fluoride has been shown to prevent and reverse the early signs of tooth decay. Research has shown that there are a few ways in which fluoride achieves its decay-preventive goals. First, it makes the tooth enamel stronger, so teeth are more resistant to the all day acid attacks. Fluoride also acts to repair areas in which the acid attack has already begun.
Fluoride is obtained in two forms: topical and systemic. You will find topical fluoride in toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride therapy applied by the dentist. Systemic fluoride, which is highly suggested in children, can be found in drinking water and fluoride supplements in forms of tablets and drops. As this is such an important tool in fighting decay, ask your dentist what is the best dose and route of delivery for your child and any questions or concerns you may have regarding the use of fluoride.
P.S. Please call 520-886-7575 to set up your child’s appointment at our office in east Tucson. We have a super kid-friendly staff and space! Toddlers and young children love our Disney themed playroom and post-appointment goodie bags. Hope to see you soon.
Niloofar Hubrich is a 1996 graduate of University of Mississippi and a 1997 post graduate of University of Tennessee in General Dentistry who has limited her practice to Pediatrics. She and her husband Raymond both practice at Hubrich Dental in Tucson. Niloofar loves reading, cooking with her husband, traveling, and Mickey Mouse.