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Is Fluoride Friend or Foe?

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Office
Is Fluoride Friend or Foe?Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that can be found in water, plants, rocks, and even the air. In dentistry, fluoride is often applied to make your enamel, and the outer surface of your teeth become harder. Fluoride also reduces the risk of cavities developing, thus increasing its credibility in dentistry.

What are the uses of fluoride?

As far as human health is concerned, fluoride is mainly used in the field of dental health. You may find fluoride in your supply of drinking water and other commodities such as supplements, toothpaste, and mouth rinses.

If you are susceptible to getting cavities, our dedicated team may suggest that you regularly use a mouthwash that is infused with fluoride. Such mouthwashes typically contain more concentrated levels of fluoride compared to other oral health products.

What are the pros of fluoride?

The bacteria that is present in your mouth is constantly breaking down sugar and carbohydrates. As a by-product, they secrete acids that then erode the minerals that are naturally present in your teeth's enamel. This is referred to as demineralization. Tooth enamel that is weakened is more susceptible to the strains of bacteria that bring about cavities.

Fluoride is a remedy as it helps to demineralize the enamel of your teeth, and this can help lower the chances of cavities developing as well as undoing the early symptoms of tooth decay.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that the median number of kids aged twelve with decaying or absent teeth dropped by about 68 percent since the later 1960s. This is credited to the introduction of fluoridated water to residents across multiple states in America, as well as the infusion of fluoride into toothpaste and other products meant for oral use.

The bottom line

Fluoride is naturally occurring and has immense benefits to your oral health. For more information on this topic, feel free to reach out to us.

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