Fluoride and oral surgery prevention
At Sedaros Oral Surgery, we much prefer the standard wisdom tooth removal to surgeries caused by tooth decay. We know some surgeries cannot be avoided because they’re caused by accident or injury, but we advocate for surgery prevention through healthy oral care habits.
In addition to regular cleanings, daily brushing, and flossing, using fluoridated water is one key to healthy teeth. But why do we introduce fluoride? Research on fluoride began in 1909 when a doctor noticed more tooth staining and lower levels of cavities in children in a community. While several theories about the stained teeth were tested, it came down to naturally occurring fluoride in the community’s drinking water.
Subsequent research through the 1950s determined how to preserve the positive effects of the fluoride (cavity prevention) while minimizing the negative effects (tooth mottling and staining). To deliver the optimal amount of fluoride to a large population easily, it’s simply added to the community water supply.
Fluoridated water isn’t the only key to excellent oral health, however. You’ll need to brush, floss, and maintain regular dental cleanings in order to prevent tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss. At Sedaros Oral Surgery, we’re here for you when oral surgery needs do arise.