April 18, 2018
Fluoride is commonly considered to be helpful in fighting cavities, but how safe is it for repeated use? Through her holistic dentistry practice in Southlake, Dr. Preetha Thomas offers whole-health focused dental care that aims to reduce the use of potentially harmful materials and substances in the body — like fluoride. Holistic dentistry does not simply focus on your teeth and gums. Rather, it approaches the mouth as an integral part of overall health and wellbeing. We know cavities can be prevented without the use of fluoride, which can cause other health issues. Keep reading to find out our top 4 tips for fighting cavities without the need for fluoride.
#1: Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing are crucial aspects of a healthy smile, and these habits are perhaps even more important if you are choosing not to use a fluoride toothpaste (make sure the kind you choose explicitly says “no fluoride,” as most do contain the mineral). Brush your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day and floss daily. You may want to start brushing after every meal for added help in cavity prevention.
#2: Eat a Nutritious Diet (And Hydrate)
What you eat plays as big of a role in your oral health as it does in how you feel. When you regularly consume a diet based in highly nutritious fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it is easier for your oral health to stay in perfect harmony and protected against tooth decay and gum disease. Work on drinking plenty of water throughout the day, too, which will keep your mouth hydrated and able to naturally wash away the sugars and acids that cause tooth decay.
#3: Rinse After Eating Sugar
Few people can completely eliminate sugar from their diets, especially around certain times of the year. When you do indulge, you can protect your teeth without fluoride by rinsing your mouth out with water to remove left-behind residue or bacteria. Make sure you are using filtered water instead of that from the tap, as most tap water sources in the United States have been treated with fluoride.
#4: Visit a Holistic Dentist
Your holistic dentist is your #1 ally in a fluoride-free cavity fighting effort. Regular visits to the dentist can help to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean, and that any weak spots of tooth enamel are detected as soon as possible. Dr. Thomas will partner with you to prevent cavities the natural way — without the common overuse of fluoride that could be dangerous to your and your family’s health.
About Dr. Thomas
Dr. Preetha Thomas is the dentist in Southlake offering comprehensive, holistic dental care for patients of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about eliminating fluoride from your oral hygiene routine or to schedule an appointment for holistic dental care, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Enclave Dental at (817) 912-1218.
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