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Does Fluoride Protect My Teeth?

July 31, 2021 6:54 pm

Healthy oral habits like brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist can significantly reduce your risk your tooth decay. Exposure to the right amount of fluoride can also help prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride is naturally found in places like soil, water, and rocks. We first learned about this mineral in the early 1900s when a dentist noticed native-born people from a Colorado town had brown spots on their teeth and that these teeth were more resistant to decay. It was eventually discovered that the Colorado Brown Stain was due to an extremely high level of fluoride in the town’s water supply.

Is Fluoride Safe?

Fluoride has been studied extensively for well over a century. Dental professionals and researchers have figured out the physically and cosmetically safe amount of fluoride that can be added to water and dental products to give teeth more cavity resistance without the negative discoloration effects. It is possible to get too much fluoride, but it’s rare in modern times. If you’re worried about getting too much fluoride, please ask us for advice.

How Does Fluoride Work?

When you consume foods and drinks with sugar, carbohydrates, and starch, bacteria feast too. They produce acid, which wears down the enamel of your teeth. Your saliva, which contains calcium and phosphate, fortifies your teeth by adding minerals back to your teeth. When fluoride enters the mix, you end up with much stronger resistance to cavity-creating acids! You can get fluoride from your drinking water, certain toothpastes, and professional fluoride treatments with our team.

Your Oral Health Is Our Priority!

At The Smile Club Dentistry and Orthodontics, fluoride treatments are part of our suite of preventive oral healthcare services. We want to help you prevent dental disease and love how your smile looks! If you have any questions about this amazing mineral or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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