What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in the earth’s crust and sources of water. The food you eat and the water you drink all contain fluoride to some degree. In fact, most community water systems have added more fluoride to them in order to improve everyone’s dental health.
Why Fluoride Is Good For Teeth?
Fluoride is crucial because it builds strong teeth, fights decay, and can even reverse cavities in their early stages. When children ingest fluoride, it enters their bloodstream and helps to build the hard enamel tissues that surround and protect their permanent teeth. Adults can also benefit from fluoride through both topical and systemic (ingested) application. These benefits occur when saliva brings calcium and phosphorus minerals into your mouth that remineralize tooth enamel lost to acid. The fluoride helps these minerals become even harder when they rebuild tooth structure.
Where Can I Get Fluoride?
As was mentioned earlier, fluoride is often added to community water systems in order to reduce the development of tooth decay. If you live in an area where fluoride is not added to the water, then a dentist may recommend having your child take fluoride tablets that aid the growth of their teeth. Other sources of fluoride include toothpastes, mouthwashes, and a fluoride treatment where a dentist applies a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish directly to the surface of your teeth.