What is Fluoride?

Posted on : 06-09-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Oral Health

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Fluoride is a compound of fluorine. Fluoride is a natural element that can be found in many things, like the water we drink and the food we eat. Fluoride compounds are therefore added to some toothpaste and dentists may also give every year fluoride treatment. Before some time scientists noticed that children who lived in places where fluoride occurred naturally in the water, had small amount of dental cavities.



What Fluoride does?

Fluoride helps prevent cavities in different manners. Fluoride protects teeth from decay. When bacteria in the mouth combine with sugars, acid is produced that break down tooth enamel and damage teeth. Acid cause demineralization and fluoride protects teeth. If teeth damaged by acid, fluoride builds up in the demineralized areas and initiates a process called remineralization. Fluoride is very useful for stop cavities and strength teeth.

How Does Fluoride Work?

Fluoride works in different ways.

  1. When teeth are growing fluoride mixes with tooth enamel that hard coating tooth. That prevents tooth decay, or cavities.  But fluoride can help even after your teeth are formed.
  2. It works with saliva to protect tooth enamel from plaque and sugars. By using fluoride toothpaste, for instance, everyone can enjoy some cavity protection.
  3.  Fluoride immersed by body is used by the cells that erect teeth to make stronger enamel.
  4. Fluoride that is applied to the outside of the enamel – makes the crystals that form enamel more strong. Tooth enamel crystals that have fluoride are much more challenging to acid. They are less likely to breakdown and cause the tooth surface to become porous.
  5. If a dentist gives you advice to use fluoride toothpaste. The fluoride will help to make the crystals in your tooth enamel stronger. Always use toothpaste with fluoride.
  6. Fluoride protects teeth from the bacteria in plaque. It also promotes new bone formation.
  7. Fluoride works during the demineralization and remineralization processes that naturally occur in your mouth.
  8. Fluoride helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged.

How is Fluoride obtained?


Fluoride may be ingested or applied topically. If foods containing fluoride (such as meat, fish, eggs, and tea leaves) are consumed, then fluoride enters the bloodstream and is sooner or later absorbed by the teeth and bones. Many groups of people add fluoride to the drinking water to ensure that the recommended levels are obtained.

Fluoride can also be applied directly to teeth by a professional in a dental office. The teeth will readily absorb contemporary fluoride treatments, and the chemical will remain in the mouth for several hours. Less thorough topical fluoride treatments may also be applied at home using products such as toothpaste, mouthwash or mouth rinse, fluoride gels, or fluoride supplements.



For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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