30 Apr What’s the Deal with Flouride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral commonly referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter” thanks to its enamel strengthening properties. However, the amount of naturally-occurring fluoride in water is not enough to supply our teeth and gums with the amount they need to fight cavities, therefore additional fluoride is added to most community water supplies in the United States.
Fluoride benefits our teeth in two ways:
- Systemically. Before teeth erupt, fluoride ingested from foods and drinks strengthens the enamel in those teeth, providing a strong foundation for the fight against cavities and lifelong dental health. Systemic fluorides also work topically because some fluoride remains in the saliva and washes over the teeth to protect and strengthen the enamel.
- Topically. After teeth erupt, fluoride consumed in foods and beverages remain in the saliva to constantly remineralize, strengthen, and make teeth resistant to bacteria filled acids that lead to tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments are available as an optional service when you come in for a checkup and professional cleaning at Renew Dental. This treatment provides an extra boost to the supply of fluoride you receive every day through foods and beverages and is key to keeping your mouth healthy all year long. If you haven’t scheduled your first dental cleaning of the year, there’s no better time than right now to schedule an appointment with us. To request an appointment, click here. To learn more about the benefits of fluoride, check out this information from MouthHealthy.org.