Fluoride Benefits

The Importance of Fluoride for Your Teeth

One of the words that is often associated with dental health is “fluoride” and even though the majority of patients are familiar with fluoride, not many patients are aware of what this substance actually does for the teeth. Let us take a closer look at fluoride and find out how fluoride impacts your dental hygiene and your teeth.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a substance that falls under the category of natural minerals. Natural minerals such as fluoride are widely available in nature, so they are often used in a variety of products, including toothpaste. In addition to toothpaste, fluoride can also be find in certain brands of water, since fluoride has the ability to prevent tooth decay.

What Are the Benefits of Fluoride?

Fluoride provides numerous benefits for the dental health of children as well as adults. For children, the fluoride will accumulate in the growing bones and help to harden the enamel of children’s teeth before they emerge. However, adults also benefit from fluoride, given the fact that the fluoride will harden the enamel of adult teeth as well.

Patients who use fluoride toothpaste can also count on additional protection against the acids present in your saliva. Once you have eaten, the acids in this saliva will cause a demineralisation of calcium and phosphorous underneath the surface of the tooth. Over the course of time, this may cause your teeth to decay. However, the body also has a remineralisation process, where calcium and phosphorous will be replenished. When fluoride is present during the remineralisation process, it will strengthen your teeth even more.


How Does Fluoride Work Exactly?

When fluoride comes into contact with the teeth, it will be absorbed through the enamel of your teeth. Once the substance has been absorbed, the fluoride will replenish the calcium and phosphorous levels. Calcium and phosphorous keep the enamel of your teeth hard and protect your teeth against decay, so keeping these substances on the right level is essential for good oral health.

How Many Times Should I Use a Fluoride Toothpaste?

Fluoride toothpaste should be used two times a day for at least two minutes. The best time to brush your teeth is right after breakfast and just before bedtime, since these times are perfect to stimulate the remineralisation of your teeth.

We do need to mention that fluoride toothpaste cannot be used in children younger than two years of age, since the fluoride may cause harm to them. If you have questions about the dental health of your child, do not hesitate to ask some advice from your local dentist.

How Do I Know If I Am Short of Fluoride?

A shortage of fluoride does not occur often, especially if you brush your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. However, there is a condition called “Fluoride Deficiency”, which can have devastating consequences for your oral health.

Fluoride deficiency may cause increased tooth decay and osteoporosis. However, this condition can be tackled by looking at your current diet and fluoride intake. If the cause of your fluoride deficiency is unclear, we recommend visiting your local dentist or physician as soon as possible.

Patients who suffer from fluoride deficiency will encounter frequent tooth decay, which includes cavities. The enamel of the teeth may also feel less hard, which is a clear indicator that the calcium and phosphorous in the teeth is not being replenished properly.

What If I Do Lose Teeth Because of Tooth Decay?

Patients who have lost teeth because of tooth decay can find a permanent teeth replacement solution with dental implants. Depending on the amount of teeth you have lost, you can choose one or multiple dental implants.

There are also different types of dental implants that can be used nowadays. Normal dental implants will be used in patients with a sufficient amount of jawbone, while longer dental implants such as Zygoma dental implants and Quad dental implants will be used in patients with a minimal amount of jawbone.

Depending on your needs, your dentist can work out a treatment plan to replace the teeth you have lost because of tooth decay. To see if you are eligible for a dental implant treatment, please book an appointment with one of the specialists at the Malo Clinic.

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Are There More Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay?

In addition to brushing your teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste, it is also essential to visit your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis. Even if you clean your teeth thoroughly, there are always certain spots that are hard to reach. Plaque also has a tendency of building up, so getting a good tooth clean from the dental hygienist will only contribute to good dental health.

Your diet can also have an impact on your dental health, especially if you consume a considerable amount of sugar over the course of the day. When sugar comes into contact with your teeth, the bacteria present in your mouth will convert these sugars into acids. The acids produced by the bacteria are strong enough to break down the enamel that cover your teeth, subsequently causing cavities and other tooth decay problems.

Minimising the amount of sugar in your diet is definitely a good idea. One of the most dangerous products for your dental health is a sugary drink such as cola. Even though cola tastes good, the amount of sugar in each can of cola may cause serious harm to your teeth. Avoiding such sugary drinks in your diet can therefore have a positive effect on your dental health.

Patients who feel like they cannot stop drinking sugary drinks whatsoever can still minimise the effect of these drinks by drinking the can immediately, and not sipping on it over the course of the day. By sipping sugary drinks, you will expose your teeth to constant acid attacks. By drinking it all immediately, you will only expose your teeth to one acid attack. However, if you want to maintain the strength of your teeth, drinking water will be a lot better.



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