Fluoride is important for many reasons. First, did you know that cavities and tooth decay are the most common disease in both adults and children? It’s true, and that statistic applies to both adults and children worldwide. And fluoride is the simplest and safest method to limit and prevent the onset and spread of cavities. Fluoride protects the teeth: it helps to make teeth stronger and naturally resistant to acid. Remember that cavities are caused by the acids produced by bacteria: bacteria feed on the sugars we eat and drink and produce acid. This acid wears away the enamel, the hard, protective, outer coating on the teeth. And fluoride, which is added to many public water supplies throughout the world, can help prevent cavities and even reverse the decay, in its early stages.
Fluoride in the water supply is nothing to worry over. In fact, it’s been named one of the great public health achievements in the 20th century. People often fret over the addition of chemicals, but fluoride is a naturally-occurring element in nature, and water is the best choice of beverage for both adults and children, because, unlike juices and sodas, which are usually loaded with sugars and artificial sweeteners—both of which are bad for both the teeth and the body—clean water helps to rid the teeth of sugars and food debris, and also keep the body healthy and appropriately hydrated.
And even though fluoride is added to water, it’s still important to use a toothpaste that includes fluoride among its ingredients. Use a toothpaste that is approved by the FDA, and brush twice daily. And remember to floss at least once every day, and drink plenty of clean water.
If you have any questions about toothpaste, the appropriate toothbrush, or if you would like to schedule your next visit to see your dentist at Premier Smile—remember that twice yearly dental visits are an important component to dental health—then call Premier Smile today.