How does fluoride prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride prevents tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth. When fluoride contacts teeth, it turns some of your enamel into a substance called fluorapatite which is more resistant to bacterial acid. Fluoride comes from fluorite, a naturally occurring mineral found in the earth’s crust. It naturally occurs in many foods and in water. It may also be obtained from toothpaste, mouth rinses, supplements, well water, city water that has had it added, and various food sources.
Carefully controlled studies have determined the optimal levels that should be added to some cities’ controlled water supplies to have the maximal effect in reducing decay. Well-water should be tested to make sure it is safe and does not contain abnormal amounts of any substance.
Here at Boyett Family Dentistry, Dr. Boyett and her team of warm and caring hygienists are always available to answer any questions you may have about the safety of using fluoride in your child’s oral care. And if your little one is showing off newly budding teeth, call our office at 863-294-9200 and schedule a new memory for the scrapbook: baby’s first dentist appointment.
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