Austin Dentist Tells You the Benefits of Fluoride
There are more benefits to brushing your teeth and drinking water than just the basics. There are some people who don’t brush their teeth twice a day, every day, thinking that there won’t be any consequences if they skip once in a while. If they miss out on their morning or nightly brush, an ingredient in certain toothpastes, fluoride, is unable to do its job of providing protection for that person’s teeth. At Grand Oaks Dentistry, your Austin dentist, Dr. Sharma, wants you to know how fluoride is helping your teeth and what the consequences are for not brushing.
For a little background, fluoride is an abundant element that is found naturally in water, foods, soil, and other minerals. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, the process of adding small amounts of fluoride to public water began because it was said that areas that already had this had fewer cavities than those who didn’t. This element is also found in many toothpastes, but a bit larger amounts of fluoride because toothpaste isn’t intended to be swallowed.
When brushing your teeth with the paste that contains fluoride, you’re allowing the process of remineralization to occur. There are minerals that are protecting your tooth enamel and gums, and when you eat foods that contain a lot of sugar and acidity, those minerals are being broken down and destroyed. The acids and sugars are attacking your gums and enamel, making them weaker. Because of this, cavities can form. If these cavities continue to be ignored, then serious dental issues like tooth decay, and even tooth loss can occur.
Fluoride is interrupting the process of tooth decay. When fluoride is coated on your teeth, then it is not allowing the acids to form their own film of bacteria. Your teeth are much more resistant to the attack of acidity, and the fluoride isn’t allowing the creation of plaque.
If you’re somebody who doesn’t brush your teeth twice a day, then you’re prone to cavities and tooth decay. You may want to watch your diet, as well, since poor snacking habits like chips, chocolates, and other salty or sugary treats will contribute to the creation of plaque.
Your Austin Dentist, Dr. Sharma at Grand Oaks Dentistry, can help prevent these cavities, tooth decay, and other dental problems. If you’re looking for a recommendation on the best toothpaste, or are behind on your dental check-ups, contact us by calling this number (512) 291-1666 or click here to request an appointment today.