Fluoride and teeth

Fluoride and teeth

Fluoride is one of the best elements that can help prevent tooth decay and slow down the process of cavity formation. Fluoride has been used to prevent tooth decay since the 1940s. In fact, consumed in appropriate quantities, it can accelerate the remineralization process, which is the process by which minerals strengthen the molecular structure of the tooth. By consuming fluoride from childhood, this mineral is also able to incorporate itself into the enamel of developing teeth, making it more resistant to decay.

Fluoride sources for cavity prevention

There are several ways to get adequate fluoride intake. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, drinking water with an optimal fluoride concentration (0.7 ppm) or applying fluoride varnish at the dentist’s all help prevent cavities by strengthening your teeth.

Health effects

Excessive levels of fluoride in young people can lead to dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is a change in the appearance of tooth enamel that forms small white spots on adult teeth. It can only occur if, as a young child, you ingested too much fluoride while your permanent teeth were developing under the gums. You cannot develop dental fluorosis once your permanent teeth have erupted.

Used in the right quantities, fluoride is highly beneficial to the dental health of both children and adults. We strongly recommend that our patients use fluoride-based dental products as part of their daily dental hygiene routine.

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