Fluoride has many benefits to teeth of all ages. But sometimes our patients at Allen Park Dental Care ask what fluoride is, exactly, and why it is so important to dental health.
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. It is contained in different foods as well as in water. Many communities adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water. It is also added to dental care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it helps to prevent dental cavities. It does this by giving the teeth greater resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.
Essential for Young Teeth
Fluoride is especially good for babies. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years, the primary and the permanent teeth come in. Fluoride helps build a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.
But fluoride is good for adult teeth, too. The old notion that it was just for kids was wrong. New research shows that its cavity prevention properties are good for teeth of all ages.
At Allen Park Dental Care, we can provide fluoride treatment as part of our family dentistry. We also offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers. Your dental health matters. Schedule an appointment today.
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