For years, dentists have spoken about the importance of fluoride. It is considered one of the best cavity fighters and can ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy. But, have you ever wondered how fluoride fights cavities and why it is so good for your teeth?
First, fluoride prevents and repairs tooth decay. Plaque causes bacteria that can break down the enamel on the teeth. Once the enamel gets broken down, cavities start to form. Fluoride can actually help build up the enamel where plaque if breaking it down.
Fluoride also helps repair tooth decay at its onset through a process called remineralization. Fluoride is actually a naturally occurring mineral in many foods we drink that works to protect and repair the enamel.
It is important to find ways to incorporate fluoride into your system. Luckily, fluoride is available in a variety of forms. There are toothpastes and mouth rinses with fluoride, which has resulted in a decrease in the number of cavities the population experiences since it was introduced in 1960. Your dentist’s office can also offer a fluoride treatment in gel, varnish, or foam forms. A professional treatment offers a higher fluoride treatment, so it is important to get one periodically.
Fluoride intake is important at all ages, but is especially helpful for children since fluoride taken in at a young age helps in the formation of strong adult teeth and protecting them from bacteria that can cause cavities. It is equally as important for adults so they can maintain healthy teeth. Certain conditions can also improve with fluoride treatments, such as a history of frequent cavities, dry mouth and gum disease.
With a professional fluoride treatment from your dentist, tooth decay is preventable. Have any questions about fluoride or want to schedule a professional fluoride treatment? Give us a call!