Fluoride: The good, the bad & the healthy

Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for a good reason. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent cavities in children & adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay.

  • Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel stronger, making it easier to resist tooth decay. This provides what is called a “systemic” benefit.
  • After teeth erupt, fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a “topical” benefit.
  • In addition, the fluoride you take in from foods and beverages continues to provide a topical benefit because it becomes part of your saliva, constantly bathing the teeth with tiny amounts of fluoride that help rebuild weakened tooth enamel.

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Fluoride: The good, the bad & the healthy

Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for a good reason. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent cavities in children & adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay.

  • Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel stronger, making it easier to resist tooth decay. This provides what is called a “systemic” benefit.
  • After teeth erupt, fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a “topical” benefit.
  • In addition, the fluoride you take in from foods and beverages continues to provide a topical benefit because it becomes part of your saliva, constantly bathing the teeth with tiny amounts of fluoride that help rebuild weakened tooth enamel.

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