Fluoride – Is it the Right Choice for You?

Fluoride – Is it the Right Choice for You?

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion lately about what fluoride is, and why it is recommended. With the differing opinions readily available on the internet, it is often hard to determine good information from bad. Our dental professionals at Simcoe Family Dentistry (as well as the Canadian Dental Association) often recommend a fluoride varnish treatment for our patients. Why? Because over the last 50 years there has been extensive research proving the safety and effectiveness of fluoride in the reduction of dental caries or cavities.

Factors That May Put You at a Higher Risk for Dental Cavities:

– Teeth that have had to be removed due to large cavities within the last 36 months
– Diet high in sugar and acidic foods
– Dry mouth (please see our blog about Xerostomia)
– Recent cavities
– Chemotherapy or Radiation
– Inability to perform adequate plaque removal due to physical or mental limitations
– Drug or alcohol use
– Gum recession
– Inconsistent oral hygiene

Your dentist and dental hygienist have gone through an extensive education to learn to assess your cavity risk and to be able to recommend to you the treatment that would most help. If you have been experiencing any of the factors associated with a higher risk for getting a cavity, it will be recommended that you have an in-office fluoride application (we use varnish at this office), begin to use a high fluoride toothpaste or rinse, or a combination of the two. Our goal, as always, is prevention. We would much rather help you to prevent dental cavities by educating and informing you about available preventive options than to treat a cavity with a filling that could have been prevented. We would love to welcome any questions you may have about fluoride or any of our other blog topics!

 

OUR TEAM IS READY TO HELP YOU!!!
OUR OFFICE IS OPEN NOW FOR ALL DENTAL SERVICES!

Being a part of Ontario health care team and following guidelines released by Ministry of Health and Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, our office NOW can provide Regular Dental Services and Emergency Dental Services for patients who has NO SYMPTOMS of FEVER, COUGH or DIFFICULTY BREATHING, DIARRHEA, RASH of unknown origin and have NO HISTORY OF TRAVEL or have been in contact with person COVID 19 within LAST 14 days.

OUR TEAM TOOK ALL EFFORTS TO INTRODUCE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS ABOVE THE STANDARD OF CARE

So every patient can feel safe during their visit to his/her appointment. HOSPITAL AIR FILTRATION AND UVC LIGHT UNITS being installed at all offices areas. Regulated by Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, we are currently CAN provide non-essential and elective dental services, such as routine dental check ups, teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, teeth fillings or cosmetic procedures.

OUR TEAM IS HERE TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY TO STAY STRONG, HEALTHY AND SAFE.
“IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY”