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Good oral health is a key element of good overall health and is valuable, even essential to everyone’s quality of life and well-being. Oral health affects a person’s ability to eat, speak, and smile. It also impacts self-esteem, work, social, family life, and school performance. Oral diseases, ranging from cavities to oral cancer, cause pain and create disabilities for millions of Americans each year. It is important to know that oral health can be improved with the benefits of fluoride, good personal dental care habits, and regular visits to your dentist.

What is Fluoride and is it Safe? 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many foods and water. It is commonly used to improve dental health by strengthening tooth enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). It can be found in over-the-counter dental products including toothpaste, mouth rinses, and supplements. When applied normally in small amounts it is safe.

6 Benefits of Fluoride for Your Teeth 

The benefits of fluoride for your teeth are valuable for adults and children. Fluoride: 

  1. Protects your tooth enamel. Acidic foods can cause the enamel on your teeth to break down. Acidic foods include sodas and sweetened beverages, high-protein foods and supplements, processed foods, lemonade, lemon juice, orange juice, apple juice, and other fruit juices. When tooth enamel deteriorates, teeth become more susceptible to decay, and bothersome sensitivity to drinking hot or cold drinks can occur. 
  2. Helps the body better use minerals like calcium and phosphate. Acids not only break down tooth enamel, but they also break down the structure of the teeth by destroying minerals in the teeth. When the minerals break down, teeth become weak and susceptible to damage.  
  3. Helps prevent cavities and tooth decay by blocking the growth of bacteria in the mouth, preventing the loss of minerals from the teeth, and helping to repair tooth enamel. 
  4. Treatments can save you money by preventing cavities in your mouth, which require more dental visits, fillings, and more extensive dental work. 
  5. Provides extra benefits to adults suffering from conditions like dry mouth, gum disease, and a history of tooth decay which means that you need additional protection for your teeth.  
  6. Provides protection for people with crowns, bridges, braces, or removable partial dentures that can increase the potential of cavities.

Ways to Keep Teeth Healthy 

In addition to the benefits of fluoride, it is wise to keep your teeth healthy by consistently taking good care of them. Good dental practices include brushing night and morning (and never going to bed without brushing,) brushing properly using a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and using mouthwash. Additional wise practices include drinking more water, especially after meals, eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, and limiting sugary and acidic foods. It is critical to see your dentist twice yearly for thorough dental exams, cleanings, and professional care.

Seek Professional Dental Care 

Contact Old Mt. Pleasant Dentistry, located right off Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., for dental care you can trust. We use practical treatment plans and the most advanced technology. We offer routine dental care and procedures, including extractions and root canals. To us, the patient is the most important person in the office.