What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in many foods and some water supplies. Many communities supplement their water supplies with fluoride because of its oral health benefits. Fluoride has been found to be helpful in preventing tooth decay and holds benefits for both children and adults.

How does fluoride benefit children?

As children’s teeth develop, fluoride helps to harden the enamel on the teeth before they emerge. This helps to strengthen the teeth and protect them from tooth decay.

How does fluoride benefit adults?

After the teeth have fully developed and emerged, fluoride still helps to harden the enamel and prevent decay. After you eat, the acids in your saliva cause demineralization, which dissolves the calcium and phosphorous minerals under the tooth’s surface. In remineralization, the calcium and phosphorous minerals are replenished, which keeps your teeth hard. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization results in tooth decay. Fluoride helps in remineralization by making the minerals harder and strengthening your teeth.

Do I need fluoride?

Fluoride can benefit patients of all ages. We recommend that you brush your teeth using toothpaste that contains fluoride, and our dentists may also recommend other fluoridated products as needed. Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, and Dr. Sher provide professional fluoride treatment as well, which helps to further strengthen your teeth and protect them from decay. To find out if fluoride treatment is right for you, and to learn more about the benefits of fluoride in Chicago, Illinois, please feel free to contact our team at Oradent Associates today.