95% of all toothpaste on the market contains fluoride, so there are obviously some major benefits associated with this mineral. In fact, many experts have attributed the decline in dental cavities in the past few decades to the addition of fluoride to toothpaste and water. So what exactly is fluoride?
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural compound found in soil, water, and even food and is the 13th most abundant element in the earth’s crust. After much research, scientists have found fluoride to be very beneficial to the health of our teeth, so they began adding it to toothpaste and water supplies.
The Benefits of Fluoride
Protects Your Enamel
When your enamel is exposed to too much acid, it can start to break down, or demineralize. Fluoride helps fight off these harmful acids and the bacteria that cause them, keeping your enamel strong and healthy. Because fluoride helps prevent your enamel from breaking down, your much less likely to experience tooth sensitivities when you use fluoridated toothpaste.
Remineralizes Your Teeth
If your teeth are already damaged and weak, fluoride can help get your teeth back to their original condition. When minerals like calcium and phosphorous are lost from your enamel as a result of an acid attack, fluoride helps rebuild your enamel by regaining those minerals. This process of remineralization is crucial for the strength and health of your teeth.
Prevents Cavities and Tooth Decay
Because fluoride strengthens your enamel, you’re much less likely to get cavities or experience tooth decay. Everyone has bacteria in their mouths, and when you eat sugar or starches, these bacteria produce acid, which can be harmful to your teeth. If your teeth are constantly being exposed to acids without having the right materials to fight back, your teeth will start to decay. Luckily, fluoride can prevent tooth decay and cavities from occurring. When your enamel is strong and healthy from using fluoride, your teeth will be much more resistant to tooth decay.
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or are prone to cavities, it’s important to brush at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. Those who eat a diet high in sugar and starches are especially susceptible to tooth decay and should make sure they’re using fluoride on their teeth as well. If you’re experiencing any dental issues or aren’t sure which toothpaste to buy, talk to your dentist or other health care professional for more guidance.
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