Fluoride is a special type of mineral that is found naturally in the earth. Additionally, fluoride is found in all of the sources of water throughout the world – including the oceans.  This mineral is highly effective in both the prevention and the reversal of tooth decay. In the 1930s, extensive testing concluded that those that consumed water that contained high traces of fluoride experienced far fewer cavities than those that consumed water with only small traces of fluoride. The evidence surrounding the benefits of fluoride is so strong that three main organizations promote the use of fluoride in water supplies – The World Health Organization, The American Dental Associations, and The American Medical Association. Throughout this brief guide, you will be provided with many facts about fluoride.

How Does Fluoride Prevent and Reverse Tooth Decay?
According to those that have evaluated the effects of fluoride on tooth decay, it works in the following ways to prevent and reverse the complicated dental issue:

  1. Babies, toddlers, and young children that are provided with fluoride consume the substance. It then transitions into the growing bones of the child. As a result, it becomes part of the developing teeth. Due to its presence in the teeth, the enamel becomes harder. When the adult teeth emerge, this makes them stronger and more resistant to those things that cause tooth decay/cavities.
  2. When older kids, teenagers, and adults consume high amounts of fluoride, it helps to harden the already-present enamel, making the teeth more resistant to tooth decay.

According to professionals, fluoride is most prevalent during the processes of demineralization and remineralization that naturally happen within the mouth. Each time that you consume food products, acids within the saliva result in the breaking down of the phosphorus and the calcium under the surface of the tooth. When the acid is not as strong, these two substances are replenished. If fluoride is present in the mouth during this time of replenishment, the minerals that are deposited under the surface of the tooth become much harder. This helps to successfully strengthen the teeth.

Opt for Fluoride
Now that you know and understand a few of the basics, it is time that you opt for fluoride. First, you will want to ensure that your water supply has an ample supply of fluoride. If it does not, you may purchase water that contains fluoride. In most instances, this specially-designed type of water is sold in the area of the store where baby food and juices are sold. You should also ensure that you are using toothpaste and a mouthwash that states that it contains fluoride. If you take these steps, you will find that your teeth are brighter, whiter, and healthier! You may also obtain fluoride treatments from your dentist. In most instances, during cleanings, you will be provided with additional fluoride. If not, you may always request these treatments. If you would like to learn more about fluoride or would like to schedule your regular dental care, contact us at Richmond Family Dentistry today: 765-962-3000