Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect the teeth from dental problems by making the teeth stronger against acid attacks, which in turn can result to tooth decay. Fluoride can also prevent the onset of early tooth decay, which is the reason why it is important to be exposed to this mineral during the timeframe when the primary and the permanent teeth are expected to come out – from six months to 16 years of age.
Adults can also benefit from fluoride, which is incorporated in various dental products such as toothpastes, and mouth rinses/mouth washes. Fluoride treatments can also be administered by a dentist, who will apply the fluoridated product (in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam) directly to the surface of the teeth. The benefits of this mineral may also be obtained in the form of fluoride supplements that need a prescription from the dentist or a doctor.
Those who have the following dental problems or conditions will greatly benefit from fluoride treatments, to prevent the onset of tooth decay:
Gum Problems – Individuals who have gum disease or gum problems have a higher risk of developing tooth decay, due to an increased exposure of the tooth and roots to bacteria. The presence of additional fluoride can prevent tooth decay from developing in this case.
Frequent Cavity Development – Those who develop cavities on their teeth on a yearly basis (or every other year) will benefit from exposure to additional fluoride, to greatly decrease the frequency of cavity formation.
Dry Mouth Problems – Dry mouth conditions may lead to a host of dental problems, including tooth decay, and bad breath. The decrease in saliva production makes it difficult for food particles to be washed away from the surfaces of the teeth and the oral cavity, resulting to a higher risk of bacteria build-up. Fluoride can protect the teeth from tooth decay development.
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