Fluoride has a long association with teeth and dental health. You find it in most toothpastes, and fluoride treatments are offered by dentists across the country. Our patients know it helps them keep their beautiful smiles here in Addison TX, but what exactly is fluoride, and why is it so good for teeth?
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. It occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water, though many communities adjust their water’s fluoride content.
Fluoride is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush or use rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent cavities. It does this by rebuilding tooth enamel, a process called remineralization. Fluoride becomes part of your saliva, and is constantly bathing and coating your teeth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is beneficial to everyone’s teeth, no matter your age. But it is especially good for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Fluoride exposure is extremely useful for building a foundation for lifelong oral health.
Children and adults can get a boost of fluoride during routine dental cleanings. Think of it as an added layer of protection for your teeth. No one wants to get any fillings!
The Addison Dentist provides general dentistry in Addison TX. Helping our patients maintain their beautiful smiles is vital to us. We also offer cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening. Visit our smile gallery to see what we can do for you, or just give us a call to make an appointment.
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