Fluoride | Delmarva Dental Services

Fluoride

Fluoride was first placed in water systems on January 25, 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since that time it has significantly reduced cavity rates in two thirds of Americans that are served by fluoridated municipal water systems. Studies show that people who drink this from birth experience have 40% fewer cavities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has called community water fluoridation one of the ten public health achievements in the United States from 1900 to 1999. Fluoride can be found in water naturally in some areas. It is added to toothpaste, over the counter rinses, dental office treatments, and prescription rinses, gels, tablets, drops and vitamins.The mechanism of action of fluoride is that it becomes absorbed into the plaque and the tooth itself. This makes the tooth more resistant to the acid from plaque that dissolves the tooth, causing a cavity. Fluoride can also remineralize (recalcify) or put lost calcium back in the tooth of beginning cavities. We use this method at Delmarva Dental Services routinely since we can identify cavities sooner by using intraoral cameras, which magnify the tooth 40 to 100 times. Delmarva Dental Services recommends in office fluoride treatments for most children and adults who have had cavities and or cold sensitive teeth or patients with extensive dental treatment, gum recession, anyone with beginning cavities or anyone still getting cavities; our hygienists can paint weak areas of your teeth with a fluoride varnish or prescribe a fluoride gel (Prevident) for home use. Delmarva Dental Services recommends fluoride drops, tablets, and rinses for children depending upon their age, cavity rate, and level of fluoride in their water.