Most US tap water contains fluoride today. However, most bottled water doesn't. Some people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for getting cavities. In some cases, parents think that they are protecting their babies by using bottled water to mix formula, but actually, tap water is better in this case. Many children pack bottled water in school lunches. It is a better option to use tap water for children and babies. Some supplements may be necessary; your dentist may recommend these.
Fluoride treatment is very important in protecting teeth from decay for everyone, from infants to elderly patients. It is an interesting mineral because it attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel. At your dental checkup, we can determine whether your teeth would benefit from fluoride treatment. If we find that your teeth could use a boost, we'll recommend a simple solution.
In our office, we provide topical fluoride in a variety of flavors that deposits a high dose on teeth after they are clean. Oftentimes, our dentist or hygienist will recommend additional ways to keep your fluoride levels up between dental visits. These include prescription strength toothpaste, fluoride over-the-counter toothpaste, and rinses.