Hello, and welcome to Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. Today’s post focuses on fluoride: what it is, and why it is so beneficial to your dental health.
The Miracle Mineral
Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride is found in different foods as well as in water. Many communities adjust the fluoride content of their municipal water.
Fluoride is also added to oral care products. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.
And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride 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 critical for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely useful for creating a strong foundation for lifelong oral health.
But, stay tuned, adults: the enamel-strengthening benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well! In addition to the oral care products mentioned previously, adults can get a boost of this miracle mineral during routine dental cleanings at Dr. Steven W. Haywood.
At Dr. Steve Haywood in Timonium, we help our dental patients maintain ideal dental health. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.
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