There has been some messaging in the recent years that fluoride is bad for your health and can cause cancer. And although some studies have provided information on this statement, fluoride is vital for one’s oral health. On top of brushing and flossing every day, you should be using toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride in it. Below your will find facts on fluoride and the importance of fluoride for your teeth.
Fluoride Occurs Naturally In Water, But Not Usually At Levels Enough To Protect Your Teeth
Fluoride exists naturally in almost all water supplies. There are proven benefits to our health from having the right amount of fluoride — just enough to protect our teeth — in the water.
Fluoride Is A Mineral
The mineral fluoride in the right amount will strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Fluoride is one of the several examples of everyday products fortified to improve our health — iodine is added to salt, folic acid is added to breads and cereals, and Vitamin D is added to milk.
Fluoride Helps With Tooth Decay
Fluoride is the best tool to keep your teeth strong and cavity free. By using toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride, you’re able to seep this strong mineral into your enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. This process is caused remineralization. When fluoride is present during remineralization, the minerals deposited into the tooth enamel help strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralization phase.”
Consuming Fluoride Does Have Benefits
When you or your children consume fluoride, it will enter your blood stream through your stomach and absorb into your body.
If you have any questions about fluoride consumption or the importance of fluoride for your teeth please contact us. Our goal is to ensure your teeth are strong and healthy for your whole life.