Fluoride for your teeth

By: Dr. Maria Kravjanski, Jun 27, 2013
  Question

Do fluoride treatments help to prevent tooth decay?

An effective agent to help prevent tooth decay

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Fluoride works in two ways.

Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

Dr. Maria Kravjanski graduated from UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1978 & completed her Dental degree in 1986.

She has since practiced in various locations in both the Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas before joining the Aarm Dental Group at their Coal Harbour location in 2001. Dr. Maria enjoys all aspects of dentistry & is continuously furthering her expertise in crown & bridge, esthetics, implants and periodontics. In her spare time she volunteers with her son’s school or watches him play hockey: and travels North America with her husband (the rower) to International Rowing Regattas.