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Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found throughout nature. It is known for strengthening the enamel in your teeth and can help safeguard you against dental erosion and cavities. Because of this, many cities and towns have added fluoride to their water supplies.

In most cases, if your city fluoridates the water, and your family uses toothpaste that contains fluoride, you are probably getting enough. However, if you want to know if your family is getting the fluoride it needs, you should talk to our dentist, Dr. Nina Nattiv during your next appointment. After an evaluation, she may suggest that you try a toothpaste with extra fluoride, or give you an in-office fluoride treatment. Fluoride supplements are also available in prescription tablets and rinses. There are also over-the-counter rinses that contain fluoride, but we encourage you to speak with Dr. Nattiv before you make any changes to your oral hygiene regimen.

It is possible for children to have too much fluoride, so you should follow your dentist’s instructions when it comes to their toothpaste and their fluoride intake. One of the side effects of too much fluoride is a condition known as fluorosis. Fluorosis is characterized by brown or white sports streaks and spots on the teeth. It only affects teeth that have not yet erupted, and it is a cosmetic problem so there are no health risks associated with it. It is easily corrected by our dentist.

If you have questions about fluoride in Hawthorne, California, we will be happy to answer them for you at Polished Dental. Please call 310-349-1980 today to schedule an appointment for yourself and your family. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy smile!