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If you want strong and healthy teeth, then fluoride is the mineral you need. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can nourish and strengthen your teeth. In fact, it can help you prevent a myriad of dental issues, including tooth decay and enamel erosion. To help you know a little more about this beneficial mineral, our dental team is happy to provide the following facts:

Fact No. 1: You can find fluoride in toothpaste.

Fluoride toothpaste is a beneficial tool to have in your oral hygiene routine. If you brush with this product, the fluoride will penetrate your tooth enamel and strengthen your smile. So, make sure you always purchase a paste that has fluoride. Also, while you’re at it, make sure the paste has been approved by the American Dental Association so you know the levels of fluoride in the paste are safe.

Fact No. 2: Fluoridated water can strengthen your tooth enamel.

Fortunately, your tap water also contains fluoride. This is because each city fluoridates its water to help its residents prevent tooth decay and other dental issues. So, please remember to drink as much fluoridated water as possible. To find out if your tap water contains fluoride, feel free to call your local water company and ask.

Fact No. 3: Fluoride can harm children’s teeth.

It’s important to know that too much fluoride can harm your child’s teeth. This is because their chompers are still developing and growing. This common dental issue, known as fluorosis, is one you should avoid. To do so, please ask Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens about the appropriate level of fluoride for your child.

Fact No. 4: There are other ways to increase your fluoride exposure.

In addition to using fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water, there are other ways you can increase your fluoride exposure. One way is to take advantage of our professional fluoride treatment at Durango Dentistry. This treatment is usually provided after a thorough dental cleaning. The second way is to take fluoride supplements if necessary. Your dentist will determine if the supplements are needed.

If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about fluoride in Durango, Colorado, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call. All you need to do is dial 970.259.1646 and our dental team will be happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!