According to a whole slew of medical experts including those of U.S. health officials, fluoride is a safe, effective and affordable way to reduce the chance of developing tooth decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Fluoride is needed throughout the lifespan to prevent and control tooth decay.” Luckily there are several affordable and cheap ways to get the dental help additive into your daily rotation.
ScienceBlog.com has reported the findings of a study published in an issue of General Dentistry. According to the source drinking fluoridated water is the most cost-effective and efficient way for children to combat tooth decay and prevent cavities. That news is great for Americans nearly 70% of the nation population drinks fluoridated water. Fluoride has been the added to public water supplies beginning starting in the 1960s and the practice is still continuing today.
Lead author C.H. Chu was quoted as saying “Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even visible,” and “Studies have confirmed the most effective source of fluoride to be water fluoridation.”
Chu and his research team have found the second most effective and affordable way to get proper amounts of fluoride is through the professional application of a dental varnish. Dental varnish features a highly concentrated form of fluoride; the lacquer is then directly applied to tooth surfaces. The treatment has been clinically proven to fight tooth decay as both new cavities and existing cavities are strengthened after the application. Once the varnish has been applied to the teeth and allowed to set, fluoride will continually be released onto tooth enamel for several months.
To get the greatest benefit from any type of fluoride treatment, the procedure must be backed up by daily oral hygiene care practices. Most specifically brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing to remove plaque and food particles on a daily basis. Visiting a dentist regularly for exams and cleanings are also parts of the oral health equation.
Source by Mary-Jane Olson