The Impact of Dental Fluoride Might Surprise You

Teeth are built to last. But like a roof or paint on your house, the original covering isn’t designed to sustain years of wear.

Fluoride has a similar effect on your teeth. Though there’s a benefit from the original and available amount in the water you drink, for example, long term tooth protection isn’t sustainable with that as your only source.

Damage you can’t always see

There’s always something attacking your teeth. Bacteria are relentless and they get energy from the foods and beverages you consume.

Oral bacteria feed on the acids that form on your tooth surfaces as result of your diet. Their primary assault breaks down the (original) protective enamel.

You’re at a greater risk of tooth decay the longer your teeth are unprotected and exposed. Weakened enamel opens the door to tooth decay and other oral health conditions.

Strong where and when it counts

Fluoride guards your teeth from the bacterial assault on your tooth enamel. It strengthens your enamel that’s been weakened by dietary acids that penetrate the protective layers.

This protection is essential to early tooth development. Your children can achieve oral health improvement by maintaining the strength of their tooth enamel.

At the same time, fluoride’s protective value knows no age. You can benefit from its protection if you face a variety of dental conditions such as:

  • A frequency of dental cavities
  • Gum disease complications
  • Treatment that’s required dental braces, a dental bridge, a dental crown, or if you’ve had teeth whitening or suffer from dry mouth

Contact our Knoxville dental office about fluoride protection for you and your family’s teeth. Schedule your next examination and teeth cleaning and ask about a quick and easy topical fluoride application.

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