Protects and Strengthens your teeth
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in our everyday food and drinking water. It helps reduce tooth decay and protects the integrity of the teeth.
Fluoride strengthens the teeth enamel, so teeth become more resistant. Once teeth are decayed, fluoride helps rebuild the weakened teeth enamel, while it can even reverse early signs of decay. Fluoridation of the drinking water supply networks, is considered one of the 10 great achievements relating to public health of the 20th century.
Alternative methods to administer the necessary fluoride for your teeth are:
- the use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
- the administration of tablets or other supplements containing fluoride
- topical application of fluoride preparations (usually in the form of gel) in the dental office.
Fluoride should be administered with care, since too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, ie the appearance of white spots and brown stripes on teeth.
Fluoride and children
Adequate fluoride intake is beneficial for people of all ages, but is more critical for children and adolescents between 6 months and 16 years of age. Sufficient fluoride contributes to the formation of healthy teeth and the improvement of their dental health throughout their lives.
Children under 6 years
Children under 6 years of age must be supervised by an adult, when brushing their teeth or take fluoride supplements. The adult should make sure that the amount of toothpaste is the size of a pea and that the child does not swallow it.
Inhabitants of the greater Heraclion area, where consumption of bottled water is high, can improve their dental health with the appropriate administration of fluoride. For better results, we recommend the regular application of fluoride at the dental office.
more information: American Dental Association