Fluoride is a nutrient, which our bodies need for growth and development. Fluoride also helps to reduce dental decay. When fluoride is taken internally during the time that the teeth are being formed, it is incorporated into the enamel of the teeth thereby helping to make the teeth less prone to decay. Once teeth are formed in the mouth however, fluoride taken internally no longer has any effects on the tooth structure. At this point fluoridated toothpaste’s and rinses will work with your saliva on the enamel of the teeth, helping to re-mineralize any enamel that has been broken down. Plaque and sugars work with each other to create an acid, which causes decay.
Using fluoridated toothpaste together with limiting sugary foods will also help to prevent decay. Fluoride is also effective in decreasing sensitivity of teeth. A fluoride toothpaste or rinse can be used at home as a remedy for sensitive teeth. Your dentist can also administer fluoride in a stronger form. This treatment is also effective for teeth, which are sensitive at the gum line. Fluoride has been a big help in reducing dental decay. Together with regular visits to your dentist you can work towards a lifelong healthy and happy smile.