Fluoride is a natural mineral which plays an important role in dental health. Not only does it help to reduce your risk of cavities, but it also helps to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
What is Fluoride, and How does it Benefit Oral Health?
Fluoride is commonly found within food, air, seawater, fresh water, plants and toothpaste. Fluoride is an important component of the remineralisation process, which is what keeps our teeth and bones healthy and strong.
When fluoride, phosphate and calcium combine, they work together to strengthen the protective layer of enamel on the teeth. This provides us with a natural defence against tooth decay.
People who do not consume an adequate amount of fluoride may show signs of enamel erosion or weakness, which in turn may increase their risk of experiencing tooth decay.
Best Sources of Fluoride
Whilst traces of fluoride can be found within natural foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains, this is not enough to support good dental health. The best and most common source of fluoride is tap water.
It is also advisable to use a toothpaste which contains fluoride. The majority of toothpastes sold in Australia contain fluoride, however it is worth checking the ingredients list to make sure.
You may wish to also use a mouthwash containing fluoride to further support your dental health.
Fluoride treatments can also be administered quickly and easily by your dentist during your check-up and clean. Call 02 8889 1588 book an appointment at Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge today.
Excess Fluoride Can Cause Dental Fluorosis
Though Flouride is beneficial. excessive consumption of fluoride can lead to the development of dental fluorosis, whereby the teeth show signs of discolouration or brown ‘spotting’ on the enamel.
Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition which results in permanent teeth discolouration, but it is easily avoidable. Your dentist will provide further advice regarding fluoride, toothpaste options and brushing techniques to help your child maintain optimal dental health.
Due for a Check-Up? Contact Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge Today
Fluoride is an important mineral which can help you maintain a healthy smile for life. Been a while since your last check-up? Call 02 8889 1588 to book an appointment at Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge today.
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