Your teeth are susceptible to the natural occurring bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria present in your mouth reacts with the sugars in your food and creates acid. The acid then begins to break down the enamel of your teeth leading to cavities and periodontal disease. Even with faithful brushing and flossing your teeth’s enamel can become damaged. This is why your doctor may recommend a fluoride toothpaste or treatment. Fluoride helps to protect and rebuild the precious enamel of your teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in the earth’s crust and waterways. The level of fluoride naturally occurring in the soil and water varies from region to region. Many communities add fluoride to their water supplies in an effort to help protect the communities’ dental health. Although there has been some controversy surrounding fluoride in recent years, it is a safe and effective way to promote dental health which has been used for over 70 years.
How Fluoride Protects Your Teeth
Fluoride help protect your teeth two ways. It helps protect your teeth from demineralization caused by the acid produced by bacteria. Fluoride acts on the enamel of your teeth making it more resistant to the attack by acid. It also helps cut down on the amount of plaque produced by harmful bacteria. Fluoride also helps to remineralize your teeth. If you have any damage to your teeth, fluoride can help rebuild the enamel. Both of these benefits are especially useful for children. Since their adult teeth are still forming, fluoride helps to create a friendly environment for teeth development and strong enamel in both their temporary and permanent teeth.
Who Can Benefit from Fluoride?
Just about everyone can benefit from fluoride. Children need it to help develop strong teeth, and adults need it to protect and rebuild their teeth. Anyone who has a history of tooth decay, smokes, eats a lot of sweets or carbs, has bridges, braces, or other dental work can all benefit from fluoride. The American Dental Association endorses the use of fluoride for the prevention of tooth decay. Dr. Loving also promotes the use of fluoride for children to help build strong temporary and permanent teeth.
Call or contact us today and ask about fluoride treatments. They are a safe and easy way to help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.