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Fluoride Treatment

Dr. Strickland and his team at Spanish Trail Dentistry are committed to helping all our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Part of our commitment to serving our patients is to provide information that helps them make more informed decisions about their oral health needs.

Fluoride is Effective at Preventing Tooth Decay

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that is present in varying amounts in nearly all water supplies and foods. For decades, the benefits of fluoride have been recognized and supported by scores of health and professional organizations. Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It works to protect against tooth decay in two ways:


Topical fluoride keeps the teeth strong by working its way into the tooth enamel to make teeth resistant to decay. Topical fluoride is present in many toothpastes, mouth rinses and gels. Many dentists and dental hygienists recommend that children have fluoride topically applied to their teeth twice per year during routine dental checkups to help protect against tooth decay.


Systemic fluoride comes from most foods we eat as well as community water supplies. Systemic fluoride both strengthens developing teeth under the gum line as well as teeth which have already erupted. In addition to being found in food and water supplies, systemic fluoride is also available in drop and gel form and can also be prescribed by Dr. Strickland or your family doctor. Very young children are often given fluoride drops while older children and teens are given fluoride tablets. Monitoring the amount of fluoride a child ingests is very important. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, it can lead to white spots appearing on the teeth which is a condition called fluorosis.


Even though most people get an adequate amount of fluoride from the food and water they ingest, sometimes it is not a sufficient amount to ward off tooth decay. We may recommend fluoride treatments for the following reasons:


  • If there are deep fissures and pits on the surface of the teeth


  • If sensitive root surfaces of the teeth are exposed


  • If the patient does an inadequate job of maintaining good oral hygiene


  • If the patient consumes many sugary foods and foods high in carbohydrates


  • If it is known that the patient is exposed to inadequate amounts of fluoride


  • If not enough saliva is produced due to a medical condition, treatment or medications


  • If the patient has a recent history of tooth decay


While fluoride is very helpful in helping to prevent tooth decay, it is still of the utmost importance that good oral hygiene is maintained in order to ward off dental decay. It's equally important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and reduce the amounts of sugary snacks which are consumed. And of course, you should see your Pensacola dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings!


Contact Your Pensacola Dentist

If you have any questions about fluoride and its benefits, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (850) 444-9988 or contact us online as we're always happy to answer any questions you may have! We're here to help you achieve your best smile which is both healthy and attractive!




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Having just adopted two young boys, getting dental care up to par was a priority. The boys disagreed. They had only had very negative experiences and were crying at the thought of going to the dentist. Upon arriving, the ladies talked with the boys and teased out smiles. The first cleanings took a whiledue to lack of proper hygiene, but Dr. Strickland adn his team took the time to comfort, build rapport and teach the boys about good dental hygiene. We just finished the final fillings with no anxiety or tears. Dental appointments are taken in stride! Dr. Strickland and his great team have made a huge difference to my family. Thank you for making our smiles beautiful!

Danyelle Lantz

My daughter Debbie is a dental hygienist and we Readings and the Bass family know a good dentist when we use them ( Jeff )! Dr. Strickland and his entire staff are "the most to say the least". We would not think of using anyone else.

John Reading, Pharmacist

Dr. Strickland & Staff:

I want to share my happiness with you all about my decision to switch dental providers a little over 1 year ago.

My only regret is " why did I wait so long?".

Each of you make each visit an extremely pleasurable experience. Dr. Strickland, I love your "chair-side" manner and your attention to detail is outstanding. I find myself looking forward to my dental appointments rather than dreading the session.

The warm and welcoming greetings along with the family-like interaction that your patients receive from Mary Virginia, Beth, Deirdre, Kyline and
Jennifer are endearing and make me feel like a family member, rather than just another patient!

It all is such a pleasant and comforting experience.


Michelle Pittman

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