Using Fluoride to Protect Your Teeth with Braces
You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit the dentist every six months, but did you know that rinsing with fluoride helps prevent cavities and tooth decay around braces?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by increasing your tooth enamel’s natural resistance to decay.
Topical fluoride can be applied at home and in the dental office
- Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth, and includes toothpastes and mouth rinses.
- In-office fluoride treatments preceded by cleaning are highly recommended during orthodontic treatment to reduce the risk of decay or staining and decalcification around braces.
Receiving a fluoride treatment from your dentist
Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may benefit from a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as mouthwash, gels, or antibacterial rinses such as peridex.
How to choose the right fluoride treatment
When choosing your own at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the Canadian Dental Association’s (CDA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the CDA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the association, and approved based on safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright, with dental fluoride treatments!