Fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures.
Your tooth enamel is made up of minerals that experience “demineralization” and “remineralization” each day. Demineralization occurs when the minerals in the tooth enamel begin to dissolve due to acids. When minerals are deposited back into your tooth enamel, this is called remineralization. Things such as calcium, fluoride, and phosphate help replenish enamel.
Although these two processes occur daily, you may experience more demineralization than remineralization. When this occurs, your teeth may begin to decay. This is why fluoride is so important in keeping your teeth healthy.
During our daily life, we use and consume things each day that contain small amounts of fluoride. But the fluoride you receive in the dentist's office works the best to restore your tooth enamel.
Different Ways We Get Fluoride
There are a number of ways that we consume fluoride, including:
- Fluoride treatment from the dentist
- Fluoride supplements (used for children age 6-16)
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