Fluoride is a much-debated mineral that, in small doses, is widely known to be beneficial to our dental health. While over-fluoridation can be a hazard to your teeth and overall health, it’s benefits outweigh the risks.
Fluoride has been added to the US water supply since the 1940s and studies show a decrease in cavities and tooth decay overall since then.
Dentists and toothpaste and dental product commercials, among many other sources, openly laud the effect of the right doses on the well-being of our precious teeth. Here are the top 3 reasons you need fluoride:
- The prevention of tooth decay. – Fluoride changes the developing enamel’s structure in children, making teeth more resistant to attack from acid. With studies showing that 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are estimated to be lost due to dental health issues, fluoride in the water is an easy and inexpensive way to get that extra protection. It has worked so well, that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have called it one of the great achievements in public health in the 20th century.
- It allows a better quality of enamel to be formed and protects from demineralization.- Acid is produced from the marriage of bacteria from the mouth and sugars. These acids erode our enamel. Fluoride, as a mineral, collects in the areas that are demineralized and builds up the enamel in a process called, of course, remineralization.
- Small cavities can be reversed with professional fluoride treatments. – Dental work can be avoided in some cases with fluoride treatments done professionally. A cavity in its earliest stages is an incipient lesion. It is at this point that a treatment and excellent dental hygiene can reverse the damage.
Call our office today to schedule a time to speak with your dentist about possible fluoride treatments and its benefits to your dental health!