You have probably heard many dentists talk about how good fluoride is for your teeth, how it strengthens them and makes them more resistant to cavities. But have you ever wondered just how fluoride does this? We want to explain the process of how fluoride works with your teeth.
First let’s start with your teeth, specifically their enamel. Tooth enamel is made from a compound called hydroxyapatite. This in turn is formed from minerals like calcium and phosphate. When the enamel is attacked by acid, these minerals are lost in a process called demineralization, and the enamel starts to lose its strength.
Fortunately, your saliva works to reverse this. In a process called remineralization, it reincorporates calcium and phosphate into tooth enamel. If fluoride is also incorporated in this process, the benefits expand. Fluoride combines with minerals inside the tooth and forms a new compound called fluoroapatite. It is actually stronger than hydroxyapatite, making the tooth more resistant to decay.
Fluoride has this effect regardless of its source, as long as enough of it is present. This is why using a fluoride toothpaste is so important. Another key element of your defence should be regular fluoride treatment at Basking Ridge Dental Group. In this procedure, fluoride is applied directly to the surface of your teeth by our dentist, adding an extra boost to your normal cleaning.
If you would like to learn more about fluoride or want to schedule an appointment, please call our dental office in Basking Ridge, NJ, today. We are happy to serve the areas of Warren, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Long Hill, Somerville, and Morristown, NJ as well.