Fluoride is a very important mineral for the overall health of teeth. It is found naturally in water and many foods but this mineral is lost as acid is consumed; The acid comes from sugar and attacks the enamel; this process is called demineralization. When food and water that contain fluoride are consumed the process of redepositing the minerals to the enamel layer is called remineralization. When too much demineralization occurs without remineralization it will break down the enamel layer causing tooth decay.
As a dental professional there are a few different formats of fluoride that can be applied. There is gels, foams, rinses and varnishes. Foams and gels are used in fluoride foam trays, rinses are swished around the mouth by patients and varnishes are painted right on to the teeth. Although varnishes are usually more expensive per application, they do ensure increased fluoride uptake.
Some patients may be worried that there are negative effects of fluoride but maybe studies have been done and as long as no one is consuming large amounts, fluoride is completely safe for patients. In fact, there are many benefits of fluoride such as, slowing or even reversing the development of cavities by harming bacteria that creates the cavities. It can also help to prevent gum disease, tooth pain and premature loss of teeth.
From the Canadian Dental Association’s website, “The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) supports the appropriate use of fluoride. More than 50 years of extensive research demonstrates that fluoride is safe and effective in preventing dental caries (i.e., tooth decay). CDA recognizes and supports the use of fluoride in preventive treatments and as part of daily care products. CDA monitors the scientific literature examining the use of fluoride to ensure its safety and effectiveness.”
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