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Why Fluoride is Important for Your Teeth

June 24, 2016

Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is important. This is why it is recommended to go to the dentist on a regular basis to have your teeth and mouth examined. You can also take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing properly. Fluoride is also something that should be used to strengthen your teeth. This can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, or in a treatment form when you come in to see us.

These are all ways fluoride is introduced into your mouth, where it works to keep your teeth strong and healthy. One major factor why fluoride is vital for your dental health is it helps your teeth reconstruct enamel after minor damage.


How Fluoride Helps your Teeth


By having fluoride, you can help remineralize the enamel on your teeth when the enamel breaks down. The enamel typically breaks down with exposure to acid and other substances. Calcium and potassium also help with this process, which is why milk and dairy products are also important for dental health. When your teeth are exposed to acid, the enamel weakens as the acid eats it away. Remineralization is the process by which the teeth recreate enamel out of available minerals to strengthen these weak spots in the teeth. If the teeth have sufficient resources to remineralize, cavities can be repaired before they even really begin.


Benefits of Fluoride


A benefit of fluoride is that it helps the development of teeth for an unborn child and during the early years. We can help determine how much fluoride is enough for you to use to help your growing baby develop strong teeth during your pregnancy. It is important to get the right balance, if there is not enough fluoride, the teeth could be very weak, but if there is too much fluoride, the teeth can emerge stained with gray bands. Always consult with a dental professional about fluoride use during pregnancy, as well as use of fluoride toothpastes and rinses with your young child. To discuss the amount of fluoride that is right for you and your family, contact our experienced dental team to schedule an appointment today.

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