Hello and welcome to another summertime edition of the Greenstein Dental blog!
We are known for many things: TMJ treatment, dental implants, cosmetic enhancements, etc. But the foundation of our practice is concerned with protecting your smile. As such, today we want to talk about one great weapon in the preventive dentistry arsonal: fluoride.
In many ways this is something that we tend to take for granted in America. Over the last century, fluoride has been added to toothpastes and tap water and has been an integral part of the way in which we ward off disease and decay in the modern era. We are lucky in that regard.
With this post, we want to reiterate why it is that fluoride is so essential to your oral health, and where you can get it in Miami (spoiler alert: Greenstein Dental has great fluoride treatment options). Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with our caring and compassionate team.
How Fluoride Affects Your Teeth
Maintaining great oral health is a never-ending battle. In part that is because your teeth are always susceptible to the bacteria that causes cavities. Here’s what happens: as this bacteria collects on your teeth, it forms is sticky film called plaque. We’ve all heard of that, right?
Well, the bad thing for you is that the bacteria in plaque converts the sugar in your food into acid that corrodes your tooth enamel and causes decay. This is how cavities take hold, and if they are not addressed in a timely fashion, it could mean big trouble for you!
The good news is that, fluoride is effective at shutting down this process. You see, fluoride that comes into contact with the surface of your teeth, forms its own film–a protective one. This film disrupts the bacteria’s attempts to set up shop, which makes it harder for plaque to ever form on your teeth.
Pretty cool, right? But get this: fluoride also has the capability to slow down the conversion of sugar into acid. This helpful bit of stalling gives your mouth some much needed time to generate enough saliva to fight the power.
Fluoride also promotes remineralization, a process wherein your body uses calcium from the food your eat to replace the minerals lost from tooth decay. In this way, it actually rebuilds from the damage after the fact.
Obviously, fluoride is a good thing to add to your life, so where do you get it?
Where Is Fluoride Found?
Like we said, certain toothpastes now contain fluoride. Mouthwash can be a good source of fluoride, too. Many public water sources also contain it, so don’t lean on the bottle for your water!
But we want you to know that you can also get fluoride at our Miami dental office. Fluoride treatments in conjunction with dental sealants will go a long way towards protecting your mouth from the worst. It is an easy thing to add on to your next checkup.
We hope that this post has been helpful. Contact us today to schedule your next preventive appointment with fluoride at Greenstein Dental of Miami, Florida!