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For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures.

In the State of Hawaii, only the military bases have fluoridated drinking water.  So it is important to have us protect and strengthen your gums and teeth, by giving you fluoride treatments.  We offer different types of fluoride therapies.  If you have any questions about fluoride treatments and their benefits, please ask us at your next visit.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a compound of the element fluorine, which can found throughout nature in water, soil, air and food.  By adding fluoride into our drinking water, it can be absorbed easily into tooth enamel, especially in children’s growing teeth, which helps to reduce tooth decay.

Why Is Fluoride Important To Teeth?

Fluoride is absorbed into structures, such as bones and teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay. A process in your body called "remineralization" uses fluoride to repair damage caused by decay.

How do I get Fluoride

Honolulu is one of the largest U.S. cities not to put fluoride in its water supply, but it’s been nearly a decade since the issue was last up for public debate. Most cities add fluoride to their community water supplies to help prevent tooth decay — particularly among children and adolescents. But in Hawaii, there’s more at play than just dental health. The Honolulu City Council in 2004 formally banned fluoride from all publicly supplied water. The first sentences of the ordinance point to the spiritual significance of water in Hawaiian culture, declaring that “Drinking water should not be used as a means for delivery of chemicals for medical or dental purposes when other alternatives are available.”  That's why it is important to get your fluoride treatments at least twice a year, here at our office.  Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish. Typically, it is applied with a cotton swab or brush, or it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas. Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months. Dr Wong or our clinical staff may also recommend additional preventive measures if you are at a moderate or high risk of developing caries. These measures may include over-the-counter or prescription therapeutic products such as fluoride mouthrinses, gels or antibacterial mouthrinses.

Fluoride Safety

It is generally NOT safe to swallow toothpastes, rinses, or other products containing topical fluoride. In rare cases, some people may be overexposed to high concentrations of fluoride, resulting in a relatively harmless condition called fluorosis, which leaves dark enamel stains on teeth.

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