This post falls into the category of general dentistry, and focuses on fluoride: what is it, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Many communities adjust the fluoride content of their water. Fluoride is also added to dental products. This makes it possible for you to apply it to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it helps to prevent tooth decay. It does this by giving the teeth stronger resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is especially critical for little ones. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Therefore fluoride exposure is extremely useful for setting a foundation for lifelong oral health.
But stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are important even for adult teeth. The old view was that fluoride was best for strengthening teeth as they were still developing. But new research shows that it can help fight tooth decay in people of all ages.
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