You’re probably very familiar with the word fluoride – maybe because it’s always mentioned in toothpaste commercials or your dentist likes to mention that your teeth need it. But do you know that the relationship between fluoride, and your teeth is very important?
The Growth of Tooth Decay
The outer layer of a tooth’s crown is made up of enamel, which is a collection of mineral crystals that are closely packed. You lose some of these minerals on a daily basis and regenerate them thanks to the enamel crystals that are found inside. The process of losing these minerals is what you call demineralization, and when you gain them back, it is called remineralization.
With demineralization, there is a presence of bacteria on the plaque that covers your teeth. Bacteria grows because of all the sugar and carbohydrates that you eat – growing enough to start producing acids. These acids then dissolve the crystals found on the tooth enamel (demineralization). To balance things out, the minerals found in your saliva – calcium, fluoride and phosphate are then deposited right back into your tooth’s enamel. If there are not enough minerals to replace what’s lost, then that’s when tooth decay starts to rear its ugly head.
The Role of Fluoride
Fluoride helps your teeth in different ways, by mixing saliva, it helps by adding more protective coatings on the teeth’s exterior. Therefore, the tooth enamel is not as easily destroyed by acids thanks to fluoride.
So whether you use fluoride toothpaste or get a fluoride treatment, (and what’s even better is to get a combination of both!) you can rest easy knowing that you are doing your teeth a whole world of good!
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