“Why Does My Dentist Think Fluoride is Important?”

At one time or another in your lifetime, your dentist has recommended fluoride. More than likely, he or she instructed you to use a good fluoridated toothpaste. Perhaps you’re wondering what fluoride is and how it works. Since the 1940’s, researchers and scientists have been studying the benefits of fluoride. Science has proven that…

At one time or another in your lifetime, your dentist has recommended fluoride. More than likely, he or she instructed you to use a good fluoridated toothpaste. Perhaps you’re wondering what fluoride is and how it works. Since the 1940’s, researchers and scientists have been studying the benefits of fluoride. Science has proven that fluoride greatly improves oral health and can prevent serious dental problems. Dr. Jim Erpenbach strives to educate all of his patients on oral health and general well being. Below are some facts about fluoride for our readers.

  • When shopping for toothpaste, look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. Fluoridated toothpastes can help prevent decay, plaque buildup, and cavities in your teeth.
  • Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. It can be found in ground water supplies and even some foods.
  • This mineral is proven to strengthen tooth enamel, especially in young children.
  • It helps protect your teeth from demineralization.
  • Sometimes patients need extra fluoride. Our team may recommend fluoride treatments for children or adults with tooth decay.
  • Many over-the-counter mouth rinses now contain small amounts of fluoride.

Fluoridated Water

Many countries around the world, including the United States have treated water supplies with small amounts of fluoride. In most cases, for every million parts of water, there is one part fluoride added. Many communities in the United States began fluoridating water in the 1950’s. Since fluoride-treated water has become available, the incidence of tooth decay and cavities has greatly reduced. Fluoridated water is especially beneficial to children of all backgrounds and the impoverished families in our communities.

If you are concerned about tooth decay or haven’t visited with Dr. Erpenbach in a while, contact our Knoxville dentist office at 865-329-7815 to schedule a dental cleaning and examination. Our professional and caring team can help you achieve optimum oral health. We serve residents of West Knoxville and the Bearden Area.