To help protect your teeth from harmful tartar and other particles, fluoride is needed. This can also help to prevent cavities from forming on the teeth. Sticky and sugary substances can remain stuck on your teeth. Having the fluoride can help prevent tartar build up, as well as particles of food and drinks remaining there. Fluoride is in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. If you are ever unsure what type of toothpaste is best for you, we can help to recommend one. It is also recommended to go to regularly scheduled dental check ups and cleanings. This way we can help to inspect your teeth and if there are any issues with them.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many of the foods and water you consume. Every day minerals are added and lost from the enamel layer of the tooth. Minerals that are lost from the enamel layer of the tooth are caused from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate help to redeposit minerals to the enamel layer of the teeth. If the teeth start to lose the enamel without much to redeposit on it, then it can lead to tooth decay. This tooth decay will then lead to cavities and possibly more severe issues. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse early decay if it is caught early enough. In young children, fluoride treatments are incorporated into the development of permanent teeth. This can make it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps to speed up the re-mineralizing of the teeth. It can also disrupt acid productions for teeth that have already come in for both children and adults.
The Benefits of Fluoride
There are several benefits of making sure you use fluoride. Research has shown that everyone can benefit from fluoride. No matter if it is the toothpaste, mouthwash, or if you have a fluoride treatment done, it is always recommended. Fluoride can help to strengthen teeth while they are still developing. Fluoride treatments can also help to fight tooth decay no matter what your age is. We can help to recommend when a fluoride treatment should be done. This can help to ensure your teeth are in the best condition possible.
Going to Regular Dental Check Ups
The most important thing you can do for the health of your teeth and mouth is to go to regular dental cleanings and check ups. During the check up, we can take x-rays and examine the teeth to make sure there are no cavities or other issues. Getting a small cavity fixed is less time consuming and less of a bill than if you wait until the cavity becomes larger. We can also inspect your mouth for other issues like gum disease and other potential problems. Make sure to make an appointment to come in so your oral health and overall health can be the best it can be.