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Do you ever wonder why fluoride is in almost every oral hygiene tool? Well, our dentist, Dr. Paul Lee, is happy to give you the answer you’re looking for! Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens and nourishes your teeth and helps you prevent tooth decay and enamel erosion. It’s important to expose your teeth to fluoride regularly, which is why it’s best to use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash.

Let us tell you how fluoride works. As you clean your smile with a fluoride product, receive a professional fluoride treatment, or drink fluoridated water, the fluoride clings to the tooth enamel. It then dives into the enamel and nourishes it with its many beneficial minerals. As it nourishes the enamel, the shell strengthens. Then, as the shell gets harder and harder, bacteria, acid, and tooth decay have a difficult time damaging it.

Fortunately, fluoride can help people of all ages, except for infants. For infants, their teeth are strengthened by the foods and beverages they consume. Once a child turns 2-3 years old, they can regularly strengthen their chompers with fluoride the rest of their life.

If you have any questions about fluoride in Fairfax, Virginia, please contact Dr. Paul Lee today at 703-352-9600 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!