Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Fluoride works in two ways:
Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
Recent history of dental decay.
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Annie Pham, D.D.S.
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Dr. Pham is proud to have provided excellent dental care for patients in Santa Clara and surrounding areas for over 10 years. Patients describe Dr. Pham as a different kind of dentist - caring, gentle and patient. She takes the time to provide you with the best care possible. Rather than being rushed, you know that Dr. Pham is there to serve your needs.
Specializing exclusively in modern dentistry, Dr. Pham uses the most advanced materials and technologies available to protect and restore your smile.
The minute you walk through the door, you know you’ve come to the right office. Everything from soothing water fountain to digital X-ray and intra-oral camera, is designed specifically with patients’ comfort, health, and convenience in mind.
Dr. Pham holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) from the prestigious University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry. She continually dedicated to study advanced, post doctoral dentistry with some of the most progressive clinical dentists in the nation. Dr. Pham is currently one of the only few certified Invisalign doctors in city of Santa Clara.
Dr. Pham and her husband are members South Bay Church, and are actively involved in various community and volunteer organizations.