The Benefits of Fluoride
We know that fluoride prevents tooth decay by making enamel stronger, more resistant to bacterial colonies that attack plaque on teeth. We also know that plaque are hardened food debris, especially of sugar, that once colonized by bacteria can start a cavity on enamel surface. Fluoride can also protect beginning cavities and reverse early decay. Fluoride, calcium and phosphate are minerals naturally occurring in food and water that are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer.
Added fluoride speeds up this redeposition, strengthening the enamel.
So, who needs this strengthening from fluoride. All teeth do, of children and of adults. A child not yet 6 years of age has fluoride already incorporated into his developing permanent teeth. The teeth of babies , toddlers, up to children who are 16 years of age should be exposed to fluoride. This is the time in which primary and permanent teeth erupt. Fluoride also benefit the teeth of adults, hence, normal oral hygiene routine of brushing with fluoride toothpaste is recommended.
Adults with certain conditions need additional fluoride exposure, such as in cases of dry mouth, due to certain diseases and medication that initiates environment for more bacteria, and gum disease which increases the chances of tooth decay. More fluoride is beneficial also for people who have frequent tooth cavities, and if they wear appliances like bridges, crowns and braces. Apart from toothpaste and mouth rinses, dentists can recommend fluoride gel, foam, or varnish. Fluoride supplements are also available as liquids and tablets.
Fluoride Treatments from Auburn Dentist
Knowing the benefits of fluoride to dental health, it becomes clear how regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps. From your Auburn dentist, you can get additional protection from tooth decay if you’ll have fluoride treatments on a regular basis. Ask your dentist if you could benefit from additional fluoride.