Using Fluoride to Protect your Teeth During Orthodontics

You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and visit the dentist every six months, but did you know that using fluoride daily in toothpaste or oral rinse also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong?

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building-up and hardening on the tooth's surface.

When you have braces, use of fluoride is even more important than normal because plaque bacteria can accumulate around the braces.  Dr. Povolny recommends using 1.1% sodium fluoride gel such as PreviDent daily as a toothpaste substitute to help protect teeth during orthodontic treatment.  This extra flouride is especially important for children and adoescents undergoing orthodontic treatment.

You should continue to see your dentist every 6 months during orthodontic treatment.  Your dentist may apply a topical flouride treatment as well.  After the treatment, you may be asked to not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.

How to choose the right fluoride treatment

When choosing your own at home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA and approved based on safety and effectiveness.


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