A 36-year-old member asked:
what are the proven effects of fluoride?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Prevention of cavities.
Answered on Jun 13, 2012
Dr. Jake Richards answered
11 years experience Dentistry
Strengthen enamel: Every meal, most drinks, and snacks create damage via acids or bacterial acids produced by the sugar intake. This causes demineralizatoin and loss of hydroxide from hydroxyapetite weakening the tooth. Fluoride replaces the lost mineral and forms a stronger fluorapetite. Remineralizes. However too much Fluoride during tooth developement can actually cause damage to the teeth.
Answered on Aug 7, 2015
Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered
41 years experience Periodontics
Hardens tooth enamel: Enamel has a crystalline structure. Fluoride gets incorporated in and on the enamel to make it harder and less likely to soften when exposed to acid producing bacteria.
Answered on Feb 9, 2017
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