Whether from dental hygiene product commercials or at your own dentist’s office, you’ve probably heard of fluoride. The mineral is a popular cavity prevention tool that helps boost your teeth’s natural defenses against harmful oral bacteria. Every time you eat, some of these germs convert the nutrients in your food (mainly sugar) into acids that attack your teeth’s protective layer of enamel. If enamel becomes weak enough, it won’t be able to protect your teeth from bacteria and infection any longer. By incorporating fluoride into your dental hygiene, you can improve your teeth’s ability to fight off harmful bacteria and the cavities that they cause.
The Mechanics of Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is a wonder to experts who’ve studied it. Although as brittle as glass, enamel is almost as structurally resilient as diamonds. The secret to its strength lies in the formation of its mineral crystals, guided by proteins that stretch the minerals into super-long, super-strong strands. To retain its resilience, enamel requires a steady supply of minerals, which are depleted when your teeth are under an acid attack. Fluoride interacts with your enamel’s minerals and proteins, binding to its surface to create a stronger barrier against cavity causing germs. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste helps maintain your teeth’s strength, and Dr. Villani may directly apply fluoride treatments to teeth that exhibit notably weak enamel.
Hygiene and Fluoride
Though fluoride helps, preventing cavities still requires your diligent care and attention. The germs that produce harmful acids are indigenous to your mouth, and they accumulate to form dental plaque on a daily basis. Use your fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and floss at least once, to control plaque buildup and protect your teeth from excessive acid. If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to neutralize acids and wash away bacteria and food particles. In most cities, filtered tap water is an excellent source of fluoride, and can provide additional benefits when rinsing your mouth. To inhibit your teeth’s exposure to acid, limit the amount of times you snack throughout the day, and save the sweetest foods for bigger meals, like supper, where there’s more food to offer your teeth a more well-balanced experience.
About Brighton Family Dental Group:
Brighton Family Dental Group is located in Brighton MA. Featuring experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments, Brighton Family Dental Group is a great destination for any member of your family who is in need of dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani by calling (617) 562-5210.