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Fluoride: Facts and myths

In the dental world, there is much talk about fluoride.

Fluoride is an ion of fluorine and is naturally found in seawater and rocks as well as some food and beverages. But many wonder why fluoride is necessary and if it’s essential to dental health.

Read on to learn more.

What to know about fluoride

In the dental realm, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay, which is a prevalent condition among Americans – in fact, over 90 percent over 20 years old have experienced tooth decay. This can result in loss of teeth and even more serious issues if not properly cared for.

The good news is professional dental treatments, including fluoride, can help stave off tooth decay and other dental issues.

Fluoride helps by making tooth enamel stronger and helping teeth to resist acid better. It also reduces the amount of bacteria that can stick to the teeth along with preventing it from producing acid.

But is fluoride safe? Yes!

Extensive research shows that fluoride is, indeed, safe, and when in the levels recommended for toothpaste, drinking water, and mouthwash, it is effective.

At Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we can offer fluoride treatment to complement your dental care routine. This may benefit you by enhancing your oral health and preventing issues from occurring, and even potentially delaying the need for extensive dental work.

In our office, the treatment can be done in about a half hour. Our staff will apply the gel or varnish, and then you simply should avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes following.

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Dr. Milan in Birmingham, Michigan

Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is your one-stop-shop for all things dental health related.

You can feel confident knowing you and your family will be well taken care of by Dr. Milan and his professional staff. We strive to make your experience top notch, and your comfort and satisfaction are key.

Please contact us to set up your appointment. We are eager to hear from you!

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