Fluoride is a natural mineral found in the earth. It is one of the tools people rely on to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Fluoride can help prevent cavities from forming and can help strengthen the enamel. There are different ways to get fluoride. It is in tap water and it is found in toothpaste. You can get fluoride supplements. What people need to know is how much fluoride they need and if they have a need for extra fluoride.
What Does Fluoride Do
Bacteria and sugars on the teeth form an acid that can lead to tooth decay. The more bacteria and sugars on the teeth, the greater the risk for the decay is. Tooth decay can lead to a variety of problems including cavities. The enamel on the teeth is the protective barrier for the teeth.
The acid can erode the enamel and can create weak spots in the teeth. Fluoride can help strengthen the enamel and can help build up the minerals in the enamel to prevent the tooth decay. Most people get the fluoride they need from the water they drink and the toothpaste they use.
When Do You Need More Fluoride
Some may need more fluoride to protect their teeth. People that are at a higher risk for tooth decay and cavities can benefit from more fluoride. People who have braces that can cause additional erosion of the enamel may also benefit. Some medications can also cause a decrease in the production of saliva, which can damage the enamel.
Fluoride can help with this problem. Anyone that drinks a lot of things high in sugars and acids may also consider turning to fluoride supplements. If there is a family history of tooth decay, extra fluoride can help.
Everyone does not need extra fluoride to protect their teeth. If you fall into one of the categories above, you may want to consider getting more fluoride through toothpaste, mouth rinses or through products we offer during your dental visits.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.