Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental is aware of the new fluoride-free toothpastes on the market, and recommends that most patients consider going for fluoridated toothpaste. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist knows that a fluoride-free toothpaste may be something you may have to consider due to extenuating circumstances like allergies or high fluoride content in your diet. For the majority of patients, a big dental benefit is lost by excluding fluoride.
Fluoride and its cavity-fighting ability
Toothpastes that are fluoride-free will still do a good job of removing material from your mouth which contribute to tooth decay and may help with whitening, assuming that regular brushing and flossing is done. However, what those pastes cannot do is offer the extra benefit of making your tooth enamel harder through the remineralization process that fluoridated toothpaste causes. Fluoride replaces lost minerals in your teeth when it’s used in the miniscule amounts present in most commercial toothpastes, making our teeth more capable of resisting the effects of harmful bacteria in the mouth as well as ingredients in the foods and beverages we all take in. Fluoride helps to preserve your tooth enamel, which is the first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities, making it very important as a tool of prevention and to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
If you are concerned about your fluoride intake, or have any questions about what kind of toothpaste is right for you, be sure to give our caring Oasis Dental team a call to schedule a consultation or appointment.