Fluoride Decay Prevention
Fluoride is a mineral that is commonly used to strengthen your teeth. You will find it in most toothpaste, some mouthwashes, and luckily for our patients, even in the tap water that you drink in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.
How Tooth Decay Happens
Tooth decay is caused by acid eroding the hard outer layer of your teeth. The acid pulls the minerals out of your enamel which causes the structure of your teeth to become weakened. Abrasion can then remove the enamel. This is the process of decay.
How Fluoride Prevents Tooth Decay
Just as acid removes the minerals from your teeth, fluoride can replace those minerals through the process of remineralization. This re-hardens the enamel and stops the decay process. Fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash is always suggested to minimize tooth decay.
You may, or may not be aware that toothpaste intended for young children is not fluoridated. This is a concern to many parents. If your children maintain proper oral hygiene and you bring them in for regular cleanings and fluoride treatment, that should be sufficient to maintain strong teeth. As always, consult with your dentist to make sure that this is the case. You are in luck when it comes to tooth decay if you live in Salt Lake City or any of the surrounding communities because your tap water is fluoridated. This means that your kids (and you) get an extra defense against tooth decay. Here at Canyon Rim Dental, we work with a lot of families with young children to make sure that everyone in your family has the excellent dental care they deserve.
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