Fluoride Benefits

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Tooth decay is a serious problem that is on the rise in the US in children and adults alike. This is due to the lack of awareness of how incorporating fluoride in our oral health routine can help combat decay.

From childhood, we are informed of exactly how bad decay can be. But most people aren’t aware of the causes and how to properly combat it. Fluoride is a mineral that comes from fluorine and has developed a name as nature’s cavity fighter. Fluorine is one of the most abundant elements found on earth. As far as fluoride goes, it is even added into the water supply to ensure we consume as much of it as possible.

Fluoride binds to the enamel of the teeth. Enamel is made up of crystalline substance, hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is composed of phosphorus, calcium, oxygen, and hydrogen. The substance is the main component that makes teeth and bones. When fluoride is introduced, it takes the place of the hyrax molecule in the enamel which makes the tooth more resistant to any acid that bacteria in the mouth secrete. Fluoride also serves a major role in rebuilding the enamel as it weakens from acid attacks from bacteria.

The Main fluoride Benefits

  • Makes it tougher on bacteria acid to demineralize the teeth which lead to tooth decay
  • Remineralizing and helping rebuild the enamel of the tooth
  • Providing babies and children six months and above with the care they need for their baby and adult teeth to come in strong and healthy

How to ensure you and your family get the fluoride they need

There is both a systematically and topical way of ingesting fluoride. For example, drinking water that contains fluoride is systematically ingested. The topical approach is using products such as fluoride toothpaste which come in direct contact with the teeth and are specifically for it. The systematical approach is more indirect whereas topical is more direct. 

Even though there is plenty of material on the benefits of fluoride many children and adults don’t consume enough of it. While fluoride in the US is added to the water and drinking 7-8 glasses a day provides individuals with plenty of it, people don’t drink the recommended amount of water daily. Individuals that do end up drinking plenty of water are 66% less likely to develop cavities than those that don’t. 

  • Drink plenty of fluoridated water on a daily basis
  • Use toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride 
  • Ask your dentist during regular check-ups to apply fluoride gel directly to your teeth, the dentist usually recommend this on their own
  • If fluoride is not added to your water supply, then ask your dentist for supplements that will fill the void

Tips for Children

For children, make sure they only use a little amount of fluoride toothpaste, a pea-sized amount. We asked our friend, Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about the benefits of fluoride for children. Dr. Green advises children under six should not use fluoridated mouthwash since they may accidentally swallow it.

It may be hard for you to determine whether or not you and your family are getting enough fluoride. Which is where Georgetown, KY dentists come in. We offer pediatric dentistry at ThoroughDent Smiles. We can help determine the exact condition of the enamel and provide you with a comprehensive dental plan to ensure you and your family maintain a healthy smile.