Fluoride may seem like a foreign substance, but it is actually a natural substance that is beneficial to the enamel on your teeth. You can find it in rocks, the soil, groundwater, and drinking water. It supports the enamel and may improve your oral health. Fluoride helps to prevent various dental issues when used regularly and appropriately.
Fluoride is added to drinking water throughout the United States since it has been shown to reduce rates of tooth decay when small amounts are used. It can harden the enamel on teeth, making it harder for bacteria to attack the enamel. It also benefits growing teeth – helping them grow in strong and healthy.
Your teeth are going through a constant cycle of mineral loss and replenishment. Each day, they are bathed in your saliva and minerals are lost and regained in the enamel. When minerals are lost, and they haven’t been replaced, tooth decay can become more likely, and your oral health may decrease. Fluoride builds stronger enamel and keeps the balance of minerals in your saliva and teeth balanced, resulting in a healthier smile and less risk of tooth decay and other dental issues.
Fluoride protects teeth by replenishing minerals they’ve lost – a process known as demineralization. Replacing these minerals not only strengthens the enamel but also stabilizes small cavities before they have a chance to worsen.
For your child’s healthy teeth that shine beautifully, speak with Dr. Hanna and schedule an appointment at Memorial Children’s Dentistry. Memorial Children’s Dentistry can provide you with a highly effective fluoride treatment as well as other treatments you may want or need to improve your child’s oral health.