Fluoride has been raising some controversy lately. Should municipal water be fluorinated? How much fluoride is too much? According to the American Dental Academy (ADA), this naturally found mineral can prevent cavities and even repair teeth in the early stages of tooth decay. Here are some basic facts about fluoride.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family's teeth strong — no matter their ages* Fluoride is one of 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 should only be used by children ages 2 and up, or as directed by a dentist
How Does Fluoride Strengthen Your Teeth?
When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. This process is called 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. Thus, fluoride helps stop the decay process and prevent tooth decay.
How to Use Fluoride
You can get the benefits of fluoride from different places. It can work from an external source and from the inside of your body. To work the best, you need to get it from both. At home, you and your family should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
If you are at risk for tooth decay or aren't getting enough fluoride in your drinking water, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments at the office. With these types of treatments, your dentist or dental hygienist will use a foam fluoride that is applied to the teeth for one minute. After a fluoride foam treatment, you can eat or drink thirty minutes later. The dental professionals also use a fluoride gel or varnish that they paint on. The dental professional will recommend that you avoid eating or drinking for up to two to four hours pending on the type of fluoride gel or varnish that is being used.
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The study is available at https://www.iqwig.de/en/press/press-releases/fluoride-varnish-in-the-primary-dentition-can-prevent-caries.8921.html.