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If you’ve ever paid attention to the messaging on dental products, you’ve likely seen fluoride advertised as an ingredient at some point or another. What’s surprising is that, given its widespread use and popularity, there’s not a widespread understanding of fluoride and what it does.

With that in mind, we thought it prudent to take a few moments today to help you start on the road to understanding fluoride. This knowledge will only help your oral health improve.

What is it?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that many dental product manufacturers add to end user products in order to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral, and it meshes with the minerals that make up your enamel – the hard outer layer of your teeth – to increase the rate of replenishment of your enamel.

Who uses it?
There’s a big chance that most any dentist you’ve visited for a check up has used fluoride either in your toothpaste, or have had you do a fluoride rinse. It’s used so widely because it’s just that effective and helpful in oral health care.

Dr. Norma Cortez is aware of the false information out there about fluoride, and the negative connotation it still has. However, she wants you to know that the information is just that – false. Fluoride is all natural, and nothing but great for your oral health.

The entire staff here at Cape Fear Smiles in Wilmington, North Carolina, uses fluoride personally. In addition to that, all of our products that we recommend for usage contain fluoride. If you have any other questions about this, or want to learn more, please feel free to give us a call today at 910-763-0931. We can’t wait to help you!