Clinton Dentist Explores the Usefulness of Fluoride
In the world of dental hygiene and prevention, there are a number of ways to strengthen your teeth against the threats that they face every day. Adequately brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is the most common and most effective preventive hygiene method. However, some patients may require a helping hand when it comes to warding off dental dangers, such as improved hygiene methods and the use of fluoride. Today, your Clinton dentist, Dr. Christopher Clark, explains how and why fluoride can prove significantly useful in the fight against tooth decay by strengthening your teeth’s already-formidable defenses.
A Glimpse at Your Tooth’s Defenses
Although your teeth are constantly under attack from oral bacteria, they are naturally protected by the strongest substance that your body produces—tooth enamel. Made almost entirely of the minerals calcium and phosphate, your enamel remains strong by constantly absorbing minerals from your healthy teeth. When you eat, the sugar and carbohydrates from your meals feed certain oral bacteria, which then turn them into acid that attacks your tooth enamel. The acid saps your teeth of minerals, depriving enamel of the ability to regain its strength to pave the way for tooth decay.
How Fluoride Strengthens Your Teeth
Fluoride, which is found in most municipal water supplies and can be obtained at your Clinton dentist’s office in the form of fluoride treatments, is well-known for its ability to increase your teeth’s defenses against tooth decay. The secret of the mineral’s power lies in its interaction with your tooth enamel; fluoride binds to the surface of your enamel in much the same way as calcium and phosphate, fortifying your tooth’s protective layer against acid attacks and erosion.