Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods, but why do we use it to clean our teeth? Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay. It can also prevent or reverse tooth decay that has started.
Tooth decay is a common yet harmful disease in Canada. Since the 1940s, Canadians have used fluoride to prevent cavities. Fluoride reduces tooth decay by:
There’s even fluoride in our Winnipeg water. We, and other dental and health organizations including Health Canada, Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, fully support having our water fluoridated. Learn more about our fluoridated water in this Ask A Dentist blog.
If you drink mostly bottled water, you should talk to your dentist about whether you need additional fluoride treatments— especially if you have children. Your dentist may recommend fluoride drops or tablets if they feel your child is not receiving adequate fluoride levels.
Book your next checkup and cleaning today at either one of our Dental Image Therapy Centres clinics located at St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre to determine your risk of tooth decay and if you can benefit from more fluoride. It’s always important to come in for a thorough cleaning with your dental hygienist and a checkup with your dentist. Our dentist and dental hygienists will prescribe fluoride products and talk with you about good oral health habits to reduce your chance of new decay.
Maybe it's time for your and your family's regular checkup and cleaning, you have a toothache or you need to get your treatment plan going - whatever the reason, we're here to help you get your confident smile. Whether you're a new patient or a returning friend, we can't wait to see you at your next appointment at either of our Winnipeg clinics!Book Now