What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally found mineral. For many years now, fluoride has been recognized in the field of dentistry for its ability to strengthen teeth and protect them from tooth decay.

Is fluoride good for your teeth?

Yes, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay and keeps your tooth enamel strong and healthy. As you eat and drink throughout the day, acids, bacteria, and plaque attack the tooth enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the tooth. This demineralizes the enamel; too much demineralization results in tooth decay. Fluoride remineralizes the enamel layer of the tooth, preventing tooth decay. Fluoride is especially important for children under the age of six. While the teeth are developing, fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth structure.

Do I need fluoride?

Drs. Stan and Amy Shih recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to help your teeth stay healthy and free from decay. You also receive some fluoride through water and many foods. If needed, our dentists may recommend fluoride treatment at Westchester Family Dentistry. Professional fluoride treatment further helps to protect your teeth and is available in the form of a varnish, foam, or gel. For more information about the benefits of fluoride in Yonkers, New York, we invite you to contact us today.