If you hope to achieve stronger teeth so you can avoid cavities later in life, we recommend that you visit Providence Smiles for fluoride treatment. This mineral is what encourages your teeth to grow healthier and stronger, making it a vital part of achieving a long-lasting smile. If you would like to learn more about fluoride treatment in Durham, North Carolina, please feel free to contact us today at 919-682-4861 and set up a meeting with our dentist, Dr. Kwame Gyampo.

A Little Extra on the Top

Your teeth are the hardest things in your body, but that does not mean they are invulnerable to damage or decay. The natural minerals of the teeth can wear down due to use or what we eat and drink, and that can leave the teeth vulnerable to further damage.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can strengthen your teeth and help preserve their health. Some people are misinformed about what fluoride is and what it does, and they avoid it because they do not understand it. Fluoride is not a chemical or manmade product, though fluoride treatment does use an amount of fluoride that is stronger than what is found naturally. Fluoride is completely safe and has been used for years to help support healthy smiles.

Secure Your Smile

Prevention is the key to a lasting, healthy smile. Modern diets include a large amount of sugars and starches, and those can leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria, plaque and decay. Brushing and flossing regularly are crucial to keep your smile free from these risks, but even a solid at-home oral hygiene routine might still not be enough to preserve your smile.

That is where fluoride comes in. It strengthens your teeth against the risk of plaque and decay, making them better able to resist damage and preserve your oral health now and for a lifetime. Regular applications can help keep you smiling now and into the future.


Is fluoride safe?

Fluoride is totally safe when applied and taken as intended, but overexposure can lead to a couple different outcomes. Eating toothpaste or too much of another fluoride source can make you sick, however, so we highly recommend keeping these out of the reach of young children who do not know any better. If too much fluoride is applied or ingested over a longer period of time, it can result in fluorosis, which generally causes white spots on the teeth.

Thankfully, these are rare and avoidable. You can trust us to carefully apply fluoride and help answer any other questions you have about its use. We want your smile to be healthy now and for a lifetime.

My toothpaste mentions fluoride; how does that help my oral health?

The fluoride in toothpaste is an extra layer of protection against plaque. You can help the fluoride work even better by letting it rest on your teeth for a few minutes after you are done brushing and spit; waiting to rinse your mouth will allow the fluoride to set deeper into your teeth.

Do I get fluoride in any other way?

One of the most common ways we receive extra fluoride is through drinking water. Much of the drinking water in the U.S. is supplemented with fluoride because of the evidence of how it protects our teeth. Fluoride in drinking water has been shown to reduce tooth decay by at least 25%! It is a small thing that can really make a big difference.

Are you ready for your regular appointment with our dentist? Contact us today and come into our office for your next fluoride treatment!