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What Does Fluoride Do For Your Teeth
Cavity prevention: Fluoride in toothpaste is not there to necessarily clean teeth. It acts as a preventative of caries or cavities. Fluoride in the presence of dissolved minerals in the saliva acts as a catalyst of remineralization. When plaque acids dissolve tooth structure fluoride, calcium, and phosphate ions fill in the areas of decalcification to form fluoroappatite crystals which are more resistant to acid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Certainly: Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a Fluoride mouth rinse and Fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by Fluoride toothpaste alone. Fluoride mouth rinse is not recommended for children age six or younger because they may swallow the rinse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is fluoride good for your teeth? There are documented facts to show fluoride if harmful to your teeth. Can you verify this? Thanks!
Experience says yes: I trained way back in the early days of fluoridated water supplies. Pre-fluoride patients would come into my office with "silver mines" in their mouths...Ear to ear silver fillings. Decay ravaged occlusions, causing tooth loss and damage to other teeth. Today with fluorides and sealants children have much less decay, do not know what it is to get a novacaine shot or to have a tooth drilled. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes,works 4 ways: 1) when Fluoride is incorporated into the tooth's enamel it makes it harder for the enamel to lose minerals when exposed to an acid challenge. 2) when Fluoride is in the saliva it makes it easier for the enamel to pick back up minerals that it has lost. 3) Fluoride inhibits the oral bacteria's ability to produce acid. 4) Fluoride inhibits the oral bacteria ability to stick to the teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Topical strength: As an adult, the Fluoride in the drinking water washes your teeth with the Fluoride ion. The Fluoride reacts with the surface of your teeth making them less soluble in acid. Acid is what causes cavities. For children, the Fluoride not only washes over the existing teeth but is also incorporated in the developing teeth. Fluoride is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's not bad: Very high concentrations of any Fluoride that is ingested would be bad for your health & can cause fluorosis of the teeth that are being formed (in children) that are underneath the gums. Typical levels of sodium Fluoride in toothpaste (use a pea-sized amount only) or in the liquid rinses (always follow the exact directions) when used as directed will not harm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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