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Importance of Fluoride for Teeth

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, plant, soil, air, and rocks which are used to strengthen the enamel. Enamel is the outermost covering of the tooth. Thus, fluoride prevents cavities and improves dental health. There are many products such as toothpaste and mouthwash that use fluoride for dental care. Moreover, fluoride makes teeth strong and prevents gum infection. So, if you are at risk of cavities, then fluoride will be helpful in preventing them. You can also visit a private dentist in Basingstoke to get the fluoride treatment in the form of rinse, gel, or foam. It is applied with a swab, tray or brush, or mouthwash.

Conditions in which you need fluoride:

Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel is eroded. When you eat sugar and acidic food, then bacteria in the mouth release acid which erodes the enamel. So, if you eat or drink something hot or cold it passes through the pores and come in contact with the dentin. Thus you feel pain and discomfort in the mouth. Fluoride treatment re-mineralizes your tooth enamel and make it strong, thus preventing the sensitivity.

Medications: Many medicines hinders the production of saliva in your mouth. Thus putting your teeth at the risk of cavities. When your mouth is hydrated, the saliva washes away the acid, thus preventing the erosion of enamel.

Orthodontics: When you go for orthodontics treatment, maintaining oral hygiene becomes difficult. So fluoride keeps your teeth strong and prevent cavities although braces becomes a challenge in brushing and floss. Furthermore, if you are getting treatment of diseases like cancer, then you can experience a reduction in level of saliva. Because these radiations damage salivary glands. So with topical fluoride treatment, you can prevent cavities and other dental complication caused by the radiations.

Receding Gums: It occurs when gums pull back and tooth roots are exposed. Pockets are formed that fosters the growth of bacteria than can even cost tooth loss. Fluoride prevents tooth decay and also reduce pockets to get deep.

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