Fluoride is a substance found in many foods and water sources. Minerals are added to and removed from the enamel layer of a tooth every day through two processes: demineralization and remineralization. When acids (produced by plaque bacteria and sweets in the mouth) damage the enamel layer of a tooth, minerals are lost (demineralization).
Minerals like fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralized) in the enamel layer as a result of the meals and beverages consumed. Too much demineralization, along with insufficient remineralization to rebuild the enamel layer, results in tooth decay.
Fluoride prevents tooth decay by strengthening teeth against acid attacks from plaque bacteria and carbohydrates in the mouth. It also helps to reverse the effects of early deterioration. Fluoride is incorporated into the growth of permanent teeth in children under the age of six, making it harder for acids to demineralize the teeth.
Fluoride also aids in the remineralization of already-erupted teeth in both children and adults, as well as disrupting acid formation.
Fluoride Treatment is Recommended in the following cases:
- Gum disease & infections
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides
- Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
- Dry mouth conditions or inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits
- History of frequent dental decay
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake
- Presence of crowns and/or bridges or braces
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