How Fluoride Helps the Teeth

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Fluoride is added to many municipal water supplies and is in many dental care products. It is a natural mineral that can be found in some foods and water, and it helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our Santa Clara dentist recommends that our patients use fluoridated toothpaste and may recommend additional fluoride products for some patients.

When you eat, the bacteria that live in your mouth transform the sugars in the foods you eat into acids. These acids leach minerals such as calcium from the enamel of your teeth. Removing plaque and bacteria through brushing and flossing is one way to protect your teeth, but fluoride offers additional support. Fluoride works by helping to replace the lost minerals in your teeth and by hardening the enamel. By remineralizing teeth at an equal or higher rate than they are demineralized, you can protect your teeth from decay and cavities.

Using fluoride products and drinking fluoridated water are great ways to get more fluoride to your teeth, but our dentist may also recommend in-office fluoride treatments for those at high risk of decay. These applications are applied to teeth as a varnish, gel or foam and allowed to work for several minutes. Oral supplements can be prescribed as needed. Call us to learn more about available preventives or to schedule an appointment with our expert in fluoride treatment in Santa Clara.

How Fluoride Helps the Teeth