What is Fluoride, And Why is it Beneficial to Your Teeth?

Mar 29, 2022

There is always a lot of chatter about how fluoride is a good defence against cavities. If you have not already discussed this with your Perth family dentist, here is some info.

Every day people deal with minerals in their diet and beverages. In addition, minerals are washed off your teeth, tongue and other parts of your mouth. Minerals come off when someone consumes acidic or sweet food or drink. That leaves plaque and bacteria a nice playground to multiply and harm the good minerals like calcium and fluoride. If the bad outweighs the good, you will be looking at tooth decay.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a substance that can help ward off tooth decay by strengthening the teeth. If used early enough, it can reverse some decline. For children under the age of 6, fluorides have been shown to influence the strength of teeth into adulthood significantly. 

Fluoride is found in much drinking water but in quantities too low to make a significant difference. However, many brands of bottled water have added fluoride. This is perfectly safe for children, babies and adults. Most are reasonably priced.

If you look at the product labels, you will find that many kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes also have added fluoride.

What You Should Know About Fluoride Treatments

Those who suffer from chronic dry mouth, those prone to tooth decay, gum disease, etc., should be diligent about adding fluoride to their daily routine. Also, if you have crowns or wear braces, ask how much fluoride you need.

Fluoride treatments with our Perth family dentist.

Fluoride treatments are available at Herriott Street Dental and usually take just a few minutes. Foam or gel is placed on your teeth and left there for a minute or two before being rinsed off. If you are looking for a family dentist to care for your family’s dental health, contact us and schedule an appointment.