If you are wondering what is so great about fluoride, we want you to know that it can naturally reduce tooth decay and cavities. Why is this though? The American Dental Association explains that, “Fluoride is effective in preventing and reversing the early signs of dental caries (tooth decay). Researchers have shown that there are several ways through which fluoride achieves its decay-preventive effects. It makes the tooth structure stronger, so teeth are more resistant to acid attacks.”
Since the benefits of fluoride have been discovered, it has been added to the community water supply to increase the oral health of the community. Fluoride also remineralizes areas of the teeth where acid attacks have already begun. “The remineralization effect of fluoride is important because it reverses the early decay process as well as creating a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay,” the ADA explains.
There are two ways in which you can obtain fluoride to prevent tooth decay: topical and systemic. Topical fluorides are the products you use on a daily basis such as toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are ingested into the body, which allow your tooth structure to remineralize and prevent against cavities.
Fluoride is obtained in two forms: topical and systemic. Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth making them more decay-resistant. Topical fluorides include toothpastes, mouthrinses and professionally applied fluoride therapies. “Systemic fluorides include water fluoridation or dietary fluoride supplements in the form of tablets, drops or lozenges,” explains the ADA.
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