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Fluoride: The Key to Stronger, Healthier Teeth

Child brushing teeth.
If you’ve been to our practice recently, chances are you’re familiar with fluoride. But do you know why it’s so important? Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water sources, and it has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Here are some of the reasons why fluoride is so essential for dental health.

It Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

Fluoride works by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria in the mouth. When you consume sugary or starchy foods, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid that can erode your tooth enamel. Over time, this can lead to cavities and tooth decay. But when you have fluoride in your saliva, it helps to neutrali[z]e the acid and reminerali[z]e your enamel. This means that your teeth are less likely to decay and more likely to stay strong and healthy.

Fluoride is Especially Important for Children

Children’s teeth are still developing, which means they are more vulnerable to decay. That’s why it’s especially important for kids to get enough fluoride. Drinking fluoridated water, using fluoride toothpaste, and getting fluoride treatments at the dentist can all help to strengthen their teeth and prevent cavities.

It Can Help Reverse Early Signs of Decay

If you have early signs of tooth decay, such as white spots on your teeth, fluoride can help to reverse the damage. By reminerali[z]ing your enamel, fluoride can strengthen your teeth and prevent further decay.

Has It Been a While Since We’ve Seen You?

By getting enough fluoride through drinking water, toothpaste, and other sources, you can help to ensure that your teeth stay strong and healthy for years to come. If it’s been a while since your last visit, be sure to book an appointment with us soon.

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