When you are born and your teeth have not yet emerged, fluoride from water, food, and supplements, strengthens your tooth enamel. This, in turn, makes it easier for your teeth to fight off decay. This is a systemic benefit of fluoride.
Once your teeth have emerged, fluoride helps remineralize tooth enamel that has weakened and reverses the very early stages of decay. Dental products that contain fluoride – like toothpaste or mouthwash – topically place fluoride directly on your teeth. Foods and drinks containing fluoride also provide topical benefits to your teeth when consumed. With drinks, every sip covers your teeth with fluoride. During the chewing process of foods, fluoride mixes with your saliva and constantly coats your teeth.
- Particular composition of teeth
- Daily activities
- Active cavities
- Drug abuse
- Over consumption of alcohol
- Bad oral hygiene
- Eating disorders
- Not going to the dentist regularly
- High levels of cavity-causing bacteria
- Head and neck radiation therapy
- Bad diet
- Tooth roots exposed
- Defects of tooth enamel
- Dry mouth
Eating a balanced diet and avoiding excessive amounts of sugary foods benefits your overall well-being, and, in turn, helps support good oral health. Eating fluoride rich foods and drinks can work systemically hand in hand with topical professional fluoride treatments to keep cavities at bay.
Van Ness Family Dentistry can let you know if professional fluoride treatments are a good idea for you. The office is easy to get to from anywhere in San Francisco, Oakland, Freemont, San Jose, and the surrounding areas.
Let us help you do everything you can to stop tooth decay and keep your smile looking great!