How Does Fluoride Help in Preventing Dental Cavities?

Maintaining a healthy smile is simple with routine dental visits and a daily routine of brushing and flossing. But did you also know that there is another treatment that can improve a smile’s healthy and help in preventing cavities? It’s in your toothpaste, in your water, and can be applied at the dental office. It’s fluoride!

What is fluoride?

Fluorine is one of the most common elements found in the earth’s crust. It’s chemical ion, fluoride, is an atom that can be used to make the teeth stronger and prevent the development of cavities. It is often found in water, soil, and rocks, and can be created through a special scientific process to create the fluoride we know of today. Fluoride can even help in reversing early sings of tooth decay, making it a powerful ingredient used by the dentists at Peters Dental Associates.

How does fluoride work?

First and foremost, it is important to understand tooth enamel and how it is impacted by what we eat and how we take care of our smile. Tooth enamel is the outer covering of the teeth that is made from calcium and phosphate. It is also stronger than natural bone. Our own saliva is loaded with these elements as well and keeps the teeth strong every day. However, when certain foods are eaten, such as candies or carbohydrates, bacteria can become present and remove the calcium and phosphate from the natural tooth enamel. This then makes the teeth more susceptible to decay. When patients have fluoride in their saliva, either from fluoride toothpaste or fluoride from water or treatments, it can help build up the tooth enamel for improved defense against bacteria and other oral health concerns.

How do I obtain improved levels of fluoride?

There are many ways in which patients can increase the levels of fluoride to protect their teeth.

• Fluoride is often found in most community water systems in the water supply

• Fluoride is typically integrated into most toothpastes and mouth washes

• Fluoride can be applied directly to the tooth enamel by the dentist

Learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatments!

Call Peters Dental Associates today to discuss this and other preventative services to keep the smile healthy. The practice is located at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Ste. 100 in Houston, TX and can be reached at (281) 486-8061.

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