What does fluoride actually do?

Joanna SAYS!

Here is a little blog I typed up because so many patients ask me what fluoride actually does, and why it’s important…
 
What does Fluoride actually do?
 
Fluoride is used to help protect your teeth from bacteria in a couple ways. 
 
After eating a meal, the bacteria in your mouth combines with the sugars from your meal and produces a higher acidity level. This acid level leads to demineralization of the tooth structure, and fluoride will help to protect your teeth from this demineralization.
 
Secondly, before a cavity forms it starts out as a chalky white structure which shows that part of the tooth’s minerals has been lost.  Fluoride helps restore those lost minerals to prevent that white chalky area from turning into a cavity. However, if the cavity is already formed then the area must be restored to prevent further damage to the tooth.
 
Fluoride is important for both children, and adults. Children need fluoride to help protect their permanent teeth as they are forming, and adults need it to protect their teeth from decay. Every person is different, and therefore their need for fluoride is different. It all depends on your overall oral condition to determine how often fluoride treatment should be given.
 
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KNOW ABOUT YOUR DENTAL CLEANING

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Dental cleaning\scaling is when the dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments (hand and /or ultrasonic) to remove plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar\calculus (grey, yellow, brown, black) hard deposits from your teeth without harming them. A few minutes after brushing a thin layer of saliva, proteins, and bacteria (called pellicle) is formed on the teeth which acts as a base for bacterial attachment and growth. Eventually with the accumulation of various species of bacteria and sugars from the foods we eat we get a white\yellowish substance called plaque along our gums and teeth. If the plaque is not removed it will attract minerals from the saliva and harden turning into calculus/tartar. If calculus/tartar is left on the teeth it will provide a situation for bacteria to thrive next to the gums which is detrimental for the health of the gums and can lead to gum disease(gingivitis) which leads to periodontal disease which leads to tooth loss. The purpose of the cleaning is to leave the teeth clean and smooth so bacteria is unable to stick to them, reverse gum disease and prevent the progression to periodontal disease.


Polishing/Prophy


Polishing is done after scaling to remove any left over plaque from the teeth and gums and to remove extrinsic stain. It is done using a slow speed hand piece with a soft rubber cup at the end and a special gritty toothpaste-like material.


Fluoride

Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth from the acids from bacteria in dental tartar and plaque that can weakened them, it also possesses anti-bacterial qualities.

 
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