The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Fluoride provides 3 major benefits to teeth.
1. Remineralization – when tooth structure starts to breakdown, fluoride actually recruits other minerals (such as calcium) to rebuild or remineralize tooth structure
2. Strength – tooth structure that has remineralized with Fluoride is actually stronger and more decay-resistant than natural tooth
3. Acid Inhibitor – the presence of fluoride in the saliva actually inhibits the amount of acid produced by bacteria by disrupting the bacteria’s ability to metabolize sugars
In Maine, many residents get their water from wells. This might mean you are not getting the appropriate amount of fluoride in your drinking water. During your cleaning appointment, your hygienist will evaluate your fluoride needs. Based on your needs, we provide a Fluoride Varnish, Fluoride Rinse, Prescription-strength fluoridated toothpaste, and/or fluoride supplement tablets.