Whenever you are shopping for new toothpaste, you will undoubtedly see “with fluoride” strewn about the packaging of the tubes. This, for many toothpaste companies, is their go-to marketing technique. What is it though, and what does it do for your teeth?
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is the mineral that helps maintain the enamel on your teeth. During the day, the food you eat and the drinks you consume wear down on your teeth, which eventually can lead to tooth decay. It fights against this process by keeping levels of the plaque that builds up during the day at bay. By replacing the minerals that plaque strips your teeth of, combined with a healthy brushing and flossing schedule, you are greatly reducing your chances of experiencing tooth decay in the future.
Why Would I Use It?
For some people, depending on lifestyle, extra fluoride isn’t only a bonus, but a necessity. If you’re not a fan of tap water, one of the main ways people consume it, using dental products that contain it would be useful. If you are someone who experiences frequent dry mouth, or you have braces, crowns, or bridges, having an extra boost of it can aid all of those situations as well.
Looking for more information on the facts of fluoride? Give Imagine Dental a call at (602) 595-3600 today to speak to one of our experts!