Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce and our dental team understand that fluoride can be a tricky dental subject, especially because some people don’t quite understand it. If you’re one of these people, we are happy to help you know a little more about this beneficial mineral. We would like to do so by giving you the answers to frequently asked questions about fluoride in Venice, Florida.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that you can find in water (like tap water) and certain foods. This mineral nourishes your teeth and gives them the ability to combat enamel erosion (which is a big contributor to tooth sensitivity) and cavities.
How can I get fluoride?
The best and smartest ways to get fluoride are by drinking tap water (because your city has fluoridated your water) and using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your smile every morning and every night. You can also obtain fluoride by receiving a professional fluoride treatment at our office.
What is a professional fluoride treatment?
Fluoride treatments are typically offered after regular dental cleaning and exam appointments. They usually involve using a gel, foam, or varnish, and they are typically flavored. Your dentist or hygienist will either coat your teeth with fluoride or place the fluoride in a mouth guard and put the guard in your mouth. At this point, you will wait for the fluoride to soak into your enamel, which is the outer layer of the teeth. Once the treatment is over, you will rinse your mouth with water.
For more information and details about fluoride, please call Velasquez-Pierce Family Dentistry at 941-497-4997 at your earliest convenience and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!