Food and water contains fluoride mineral. An addition and deletion of minerals to a tooth's enamel layer is assisted with two processes, Remineralization and Demineralization. Minerals are vanishing from a tooth's enamel layer when acids -- formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth that attack the tooth enamel.
Fluoride aids in preventing tooth decay. By an application of fluoride the tooth becomes more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
How Does Fluoride Protect Teeth?
Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel (the hard surface of the tooth) stronger, making it easier to resist tooth decay.
After teeth erupt, fluoride helps rebuild weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a “topical” benefit.
The fluoride you consume in from foods and beverages becomes part of your saliva, constantly bathing the teeth with small amounts of fluoride that help rebuild weakened tooth enamel.
Use of Fluoride to Prevent Cavities
Fluoride helps to prevent cavities. Cavities are holes in teeth commonly caused due to tooth decay. Fluoride assists to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged. Fluoride aids to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge by concentration in the growing bones and developing teeth of children.
- Our own saliva.
- Professionally applied gels, foams, rinses.
- Mouth rinses.
Benefits of Fluoride
- Reduces tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent.
- Protects against cavities.
- It is safe and effective.
- It saves money on dental treatment.
- It is natural.
Who benefits the most?
Everyone can benefit from added dental protection, but those who can benefit particularly are people:
- Those who have poor dental hygiene.
- Those who have little or no access to a dentist.
- Those who Follow diets that are high in sugars or carbohydrates.
- Those who Have a history of tooth decay or cavities.