Fluorine is a mineral that is naturally found in many foods and water. During the development of the teeth, it is incorporated into the eyes, making them more resistant to damage. It is a mineral that is very beneficial for the health of our teeth (including calcium and other minerals) that acts as a protective layer and re-incorporates into it, during the process called demineralization and remineralization. These two processes should be in some balance: if, however, minerals are more quickly sprayed from the teeth (demineralization is most intense under the influence of acidic food and bacterial products) than it is re – incorporated which makes it easier to create cavities. Here at www.oasisfamilydental.ca we understand how painful teeth problems can be which is why we recommend you to schedule a visit at our office and have your teeth checked.
Fluoride prevents teeth cavity by making the teeth more resistant to the action of acids. They accelerate the precipitation of healthy minerals on the external layer of the teeth, further slowing down the occurrence of defects. Research, even, shows that, in some cases, fluoride can stop tooth damage. In children under the age of 6, with the appropriate food fluoride is implanted in the permanent teeth, making these teeth more resistant to the effects of bacterial acids and acids from food.
Where can you find fluoride?
Fluoride, in various concentrations, can be found both food and water. However, although in the USA, the law prescribes controlled fluoridation of drinking water, water is not really the best source of fluoride, so we have to rely on other sources of this element. There are beverages, tablets and similar supplements that should provide adequate fluorine intake, but in order to prevent fluoride poisoning, their use is recommended only with expert advice and supervision.
How can the beneficial effect of fluoride be used?
From the time when the tooth grows and until the end of its “work” in the mouth, the surface of the enamel is subject to change. If fluoride is applied to the tooth, it will slow demineralization and stimulate remineralization, which even creates a highly resistant superficial layer of enamel. Most of the toothpastes, therefore, contain fluorine. In the dental office it is possible to additionally protect teeth with high concentrated fluorides, even 10 times stronger than those in the toothpaste! This is a painless and short-term procedure, and it is recommended to perform it every 6 months to a year. It is not good to use too much fluoride as it can lead to poisoning.
It is important to eat proper food if you want your teeth to be healthy and avoid sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. But the most important thing is to go to a dentist regularly whenever you feel it is needed.