Have you heard about fluoride but are unsure about what it is and why it is good for your teeth? We will give a brief overview to help you better understand this mineral and how it makes your teeth stronger.
Fluoride is a fairly common mineral. It can be found about anywhere you find good, solid earth. It is a good thing it is so common, as everyone has need of it.
Fluoride helps us from when we are very young to old age. As we developed both our baby and adult teeth, fluoride was being used to harden the enamel so they could withstand avert tooth decay.
When we reach adulthood, fluoride continues to keep our enamel hard. It helps when it is put directly on our teeth, usually through saliva.
Saliva often produces acids after we have eaten something, and the acids can dissolve the phosphorus and calcium that lie just under the surface of our tooth, which weakens our enamel. When the saliva becomes less acidic, it instead works to replenish those minerals in the teeth.
When we have fluoride in our saliva, it helps make the phosphorus and calcium stronger than they could manage by themselves, making them so they can withstand the stronger acidic levels and tooth decay more easily. We can get fluoride from many sources, including food, water, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. A combination of these sources can help us keep our teeth hard and strong.
If you would like to learn more about how to get the right amount of fluoride, or have need of an appointment, call Modern Dentistry of New England in Bristol, Connecticut. Allow our dentist, Dr. Sherif Gabr, to assist you. Call us at 860-582-4485.