You’ve probably heard of fluoride, and that it can help prevent tooth decay, but how much do you really know about it?
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is actually a mineral that’s found naturally in water sources. It gets released from rocks into soil, water and the air. As for it in water, almost all water contains some fluoride but not enough to prevent tooth decay. Many municipal water systems therefore choose to specifically add higher concentrations of fluoride to their water in order to improve overall public oral health. You’re also likely to find fluoride in oral care products you buy at the store– it’s often found in toothpastes and mouth rinses, for example.
Why is Fluoride Good For Your Oral Health?
What good is fluoride for your teeth? Well, it actually helps rebuild weakened tooth surfaces through a process called tooth remineralization. This process involves fluoride being absorbed into teeth, thereby restoring lost minerals that make teeth hard. The reason kids and adults utilize fluoride is because it helps strengthen teeth while preventing decay. One question that often gets asked is, “But is it safe?” Yes, fluoride use has been widely studied and no harmful effects have been found– for more info about the safety of fluoride, check here.
What are some reasons adults, in particular, might need fluoride? Well, as people age they often experience issues like dry mouth, gum recession, more and more fillings, crowns and bridges, as well as poor hygiene in general. Teeth aren’t as strong as they age, so fluoride helps strengthen them.
At a dentist’s office, fluoride can be applied using an in-office varnish. There are also at-home prescription pastes/rinses available.
Do you want to know more about fluoride? Visit Brockport Dental in Brockport, NY, and talk to the dentist or hygienist about it; Call 585-636-0555 to schedule your appointment or use the online scheduling page, here.
Brockport Dental is located at 1000 Transit Way #200, Brockport, NY, 14420.