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The Benefits of Fluoride

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We’ve been taught since we were little that fluoride is an essential part of dental care, as it makes our teeth strong. But do you know what fluoride is, exactly?

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is an important mineral in your teeth and bones. It also occurs naturally in:

  • Water
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • Soil
  • Air

Fluoride is also commonly used in dentistry. It can help prevent cavities by strengthening the outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel. 

Following are some of the important benefits of fluoride for your teeth

  • It helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel.
  • Regular usage of fluoride can slow down the loss of minerals from tooth enamel.
  • It can prevent the growth of harmful oral bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.
  • It can reverse the early signs of tooth decay.
  • It can protect the teeth against consistent acid attacks from foods and drinks such as lemon, citrus fruits, vinegar, and soda.
  • It can help fight cavities.

While fluoride is a natural compound present in small quantities in water and most of the foods we consume, it isn’t possible to get enough fluoride from diet alone. Therefore, it is necessary to use good fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth against various diseases and infections and keep them strong in the long run.

If you live in Castle Rock, CO, and are looking for a professional dental cleaning and exam for you and your family, check out Meadows Family Dentistry.

Posted on Jun 14, 2021
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