Most US tap water contains fluoride today. However, most bottled water doesn't. Many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for getting cavities. In some cases, parents think that they are protecting their babies by using bottled water to mix formula, but tap water is actually better in this case. Many children pack bottled water in school lunches, and adults tend to toss a bottled water in the car instead of filling up a reusable water bottle with tap water.
Fluoride is an interesting mineral because it attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel. At your checkup, Dr. Vanderbrook can determine whether your teeth would benefit from a fluoride supplement. If we find that your teeth could use a boost, we'll recommend a simple solution.
Fluoride Treatment Options
Fluoride mouth gel in many flavors is available at our office, as well as a 5% sodium fluoride varnish by 3M that Dr. Vanderbrook paints onto patients' teeth. One quick application of gel or varnish at an interval that the doctor determines, and your teeth will have a better chance of staying healthy. We offer supplemental fluoride for patients of all ages. Oftentimes, our hygienist will recommend additional ways to keep your fluoride levels up between dental visits. These may include switching to tap water or using a fluoride-rich mouthwash at home.
Dr. Vanderbrook also offers MI Paste or MI Paste Plus with fluoride to strengthen teeth. Formulated with a special milk-derived protein as well as calcium and phosphate, MI Paste can restore and protect enamel by replenishing vital minerals. This product is applied directly to a patient's teeth, after which it can reduce hypersensitivity and plaque buildup. Dr. Vanderbrook can discuss what type of treatment, if any, is right for your situation, whether it's an application of fluoride gel or one of the available MI Paste products.