Fluoride: The Mineral with Big Benefits

Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is not only beneficial, but is essential to teeth.

Protect your teeth with fluoride – from toothpaste to water!

How does fluoride help teeth?

Fluoride makes up the enamel of teeth—or the hard outer layer. As we use our teeth, bacteria, sugar and acids break down the enamel, demineralizing teeth. Fluoride builds the enamel back up again in a process known as remineralizing. Strengthening the weak enamel is what protects teeth from tooth decay and cavities, an essential process for a healthier smile.

Where do I get fluoride?

Most people get fluoride one of two ways:

  • Fluoride in water: 75% of tap water in the United States is fluoridated. Water fluoridation is proven to reduce tooth decay by 20-40%, a major public health benefit.
  • Fluoride in toothpaste: Fluoridated tap water isn’t enough to fully protect your teeth from tooth decay, which is why fluoride is added to toothpaste. Look for one with ADA Seal of Acceptance.

A healthy mouth is key to a healthy body. Brush and floss twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, visit your dentist regularly and choose fluoridated tap water to ensure your best smile.

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3 Responses to “Fluoride: The Mineral with Big Benefits”

  1. Dr. Mohan
    05/10/2018 at 3:06 am #

    Thank you so much for this kind of information, that will be helpful to the patient. Fluoride is helpful in the fight against tooth decay.

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      05/10/2018 at 9:32 am #

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Od. Luis Marcano
    07/12/2018 at 5:15 pm #

    Since our colleague, Dr. Frederick McKay started his journey to find out what caused “brown-stained teeth” (fluorosis) Dentistry and our patients have not stop gain from fluoride

    Even toothpastes approved by the ADA has to contain fluoride, which make our teeth more resistant to the acids that bacteria expel in our mouth

    Keep up with the good work in this Blog!

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