What are the Benefits of Fluoride in Dental Health?

What are the Benefits of Fluoride in Dental Health?

Posted by VARNI DENTAL on Jan 12 2021, 07:43 AM

Fluoride is a mineral that lives in our bones and teeth. Dentistry uses fluoride to strengthen enamel, the outer layer of our teeth. Hence, it is an essential mineral as it helps to prevent cavities. In many countries, such as in the U.S., fluoride is added in small amounts to public water. This process is called water fluoridation.

How Does Fluoride Benefit You? 

Humans need fluoride because it helps:

  • in rebuilding (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel
  • in slowing down the loss of minerals from tooth enamel
  • in reversing early signs of tooth decay
  • in preventing the growth of harmful oral bacteria

When the bacteria in your mouth break down food, they produce acids that erode the minerals in your tooth enamel. This loss of minerals is called demineralization. Due to this weakening tooth enamel, your teeth become vulnerable to bacteria that cause cavities. This is where fluoride comes to your rescue and helps to remineralize your tooth enamel. Hence, it can further prevent cavities and reverse early signs of tooth decay. 

Where Can You Find Fluoride? 

Human beings require a small amount of fluoride in their daily lives. Nevertheless, it is necessary to include them. You may find it in the local water supply and in many over-the-counter (OTC) products, such as:

  • Toothpaste- almost all the toothpaste producing brands include fluoride in their products. 
  • Mouth rinses- the regular use of mouthwash can also provide the required amount of fluoride.
  • Supplements- if allergic to any other product, you can include supplements in your diet to consume fluoride. 

For people who tend to get many cavities, their dentistmight suggest using a prescription mouth rinse with fluoride. These rinses specially made for such people have a higher concentration of fluoride than OTC options do.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. However, while using fluoride enriched products, it is recommended to consult your dentist. 

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