Where You May Be Losing Fluoride

Aug 9th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry

fluorideIn dental care, fluoride has been the best thing since sliced bread for decades. This naturally occurring mineral is used in everything from toothpastes, to public water supplies. While we have plenty of opportunities to add fluoride to our oral hygiene routine, some habits can negate the positive effects of this preventive measure. Our Richmond family dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, discusses some of the ways we lose fluoride benefits.

Don’t Rinse After Brushing

What is included in your daily oral hygiene routine? The ADA recommends brushing at least twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Certain mouthwashes can also be a great addition to your regimen. However, if you rinse your mouth with water after brushing, you may be losing most of the benefits of fluoride.

If you read the directions on the back of your toothpaste, you may notice a warning to abstain from eating or drinking for thirty minutes. This precaution not only keeps you from swallowing the surfactants and abrasives in toothpaste, but also prevents you from washing away fluoride. Tonight, after brushing, avoid rinsing your mouth with water so that you can enjoy the full benefits of fluoride.

Put Down the Bottled Water

Would you rather drink tap water or bottled water? Depending on the taste of your local tap water, you may opt for the filtered, literally, 1,000 times more expensive, bottled water. Save your wallet and your teeth by drinking from the sink more often. Chances are, your community water has fluoride added to the supply. Your tap water will contain this helpful mineral, whereas most bottled waters have filtered out fluoride. 

Preventive Dentistry in Richmond, CA

To learn more about proper oral hygiene or to schedule your next dental checkup, call Hilltop Family Dental today at (510) 758-7222. Dr. Stefan Moiceanu treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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