Fluoride works by hardening the enamel to make the enamel of the teeth more resistant to decay.
Fluoride is the l3th most common element on the earth. The oceans which cover 70% of the earth, are naturally fluoridated. We don’t know why most of the underground water we drink has no fluoride. We do know some people are fearful of fluoride as cancer-causing, but there are places in the Southwest United States that naturally have water with 5 to 10 times more fluoride than recommended. As far as we know, the water has been that way for thousands of years and no one has ever reported a higher rate of any kind of disease in those areas.
Fluoride for kids 12 and under works best taken internally so the fluoride becomes a part of the teeth as they grow. The best way to get fluoride is to drink water that has been tested to contain .7 parts per million of fluoride. For the proper dosage, you need to drink 2 cups of fluoridated water or reconstituted fruit juice per day. Once a child passes 12 years of age, internal fluoride is of no help because the teeth are all grown.
If you are on city water, call the local Department of Health to verify that your water is fluoridated. All the towns in Fairfield County have fluoridated water. If you are on a well, you must get the water tested by the Department of Health. If your well does not have enough fluoride or your family drinks primarily bottled water or whole fruit juice etc., then your children probably need fluoride supplements. We recommend the kind that looks like a little candy mint which your child dissolves it in his or her mouth so it works both on the teeth and in the developing permanent teeth. Rinsing programs at school are “rinse and spit” so there is no internal benefit for growing teeth. We recommend either drinking 2 cups of fluoridated water daily or prescription fluoride supplements. Available by prescription at the dentist.
Home fluoride for adults is prescription-strength fluoride dispensed by the dentist for daily home use to harden the enamel and to reduce decay. It is TEN times stronger than fluoride toothpastes you can buy over the counter. In addition to helping prevent decay, it helps to minimize gum-line sensitivity. People who should use home fluoride are kids 12 and over and adults who have a history of decay, many old fillings, have sensitive teeth, are planning to whiten their teeth or who want to take the extra step to help their mouth be as healthy as it could be. The product we recommend and dispense at Dental Care of Stamford is prescription strength Take Home Care that has the right amount of Fluoride and is sweetened with Xylitol.