A great smile starts with a healthy mouth, which is supported by good dental hygiene practices. You have likely been advised to use oral products, such as mouthwash, that contain fluoride, but how does fluoride help protect your teeth?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is present in many foods and in water, and it is also excellent at preventing tooth decay. This mineral reinforces the surface of the teeth to make them stronger and more resilient against cavities. Dr. John C. Rader explains below why fluoride is essential to preserving your smile.
How Does Fluoride Work?
Cavities are a common condition that affects many people. They are caused by bacteria that live in our mouths and feed on foods, especially sugary ones. This bacteria releases acids when they consume the sugar left in our mouths, which can destroy the enamel and leave the teeth vulnerable to damage.
Fluoride works by repairing the damage from the acid in a process known as remineralization. Fluoride provides the teeth with acid-resistant protection and helps you keep a healthy smile for longer.
Adults and children alike can benefit from fluoride. Those with conditions such as dry mouth, gum disease, and a history of tooth damage or decay may especially benefit from the inclusion of fluoride in their oral hygiene routines. Fluoride’s many benefits include:
- Remineralizes the tooth enamel
- Helps slow down the process of demineralization
- Inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth
- Reverses early tooth decay
Where Can I Get Fluoride?
Now that you have read more about the important role that fluoride plays in the health of your teeth, take advantage of its cavity-fighting capabilities by using or consuming the following:
Tap water: Tap water contains fluoride and is an easy way to expose the teeth to this important mineral.
Toothpaste and mouthwash: Fluoride is also present in many oral health products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. High-concentration fluoride can be obtained through a prescription.
Fluoride treatment: Dr. Rader can administer a fluoride treatment as a preventative measure for your oral health. Although fluoride is available in foods and water supplies, it may not be enough for some people to avoid tooth decay. This type of treatment can help protect your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are interested in avoiding cavities and reinforcing your teeth, consider a fluoride treatment. Dr. Rader and his skilled staff are here to help you achieve your healthiest smile and are ready to address any questions you may have. Call (865) 774-3320 to schedule an appointment.