What Exactly is Fluoride, and What Does it Do?

Keeping your teeth healthy can be tricky. It’s important that you see your dentists in Surrey or Langley at least once every six months to ensure that your teeth shine their brightest. But your dentist isn’t the only thing keeping your teeth healthy. 

There’s a chemical called fluoride, which is present in everyday food and drinking water that helps improve your dental hygiene with no effort at all. Let us at Amazing Smile Dental tell you about the many benefits that fluoride can have on your oral health.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a chemical that occurs naturally in many foods, soils and water. While it is the 13th most abundant chemical found on the earth’s outer crust, it could also be synthesized in laboratories and added to everyday products to decrease the rate of tooth decay in human beings. In the 1930’s, researchers found that those who consumed drinking water that contained fluoride had a lower prevalence of cavities than those who didn’t.

How does fluoride protect your teeth?

It can protect your teeth from the demineralization that happens when sugar is combined with the bacteria in our mouths to produce acids that can erode and damage your teeth. It does this by strengthening the enamel and by reversing the early stages of acid damage. People who have a bad habit of eating snacks that are high in carbohydrates and sugar need fluoride to protect their teeth from premature decay. It can also be beneficial to people who have generally poor dental hygiene and a history of bad cavities.

How can fluoride teeth whitening benefit you?

While fluoride can be found naturally in various foods and beverages, a topical fluoride treatment for your teeth could go a long way to preventing tooth decay. These treatments use fluoride that is directly applied to the enamel of your teeth. Examples of these kinds of treatment include toothpastes, mouthwash and professional treatment done in a dental office. Treatment that is given by a dental professional is often far more effective than the simple teeth whitening products we use at home. This is because dental offices have products that contain a much higher concentration than the than your average over-the-counter-brands. They most often come in the form of a gel, a paste or a simple rinse. Most dentists advise that you not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after receiving one of these treatments.

For more information about teeth whitening in Surrey BC, give us a call at Amazing Smile Dental. Our dentists in Langley and Surrey will be happy to answer all of your questions. Don’t wait another second to get the white smile you’ve always wanted, make an appointment today.

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