Fluoride is beneficial to teeth and bones as it helps:
Did you know that there are two forms of Fluorides: Topical and Systemic?
Topical Fluorides are found in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth, making them more decay-resistant.
Systemic Fluorides are those that are ingested. They come in the form of tablets or lozenges and are incorporated into tooth structures that are forming in children. Systemic fluorides also provide topical protection because fluoride is present in saliva, which continually bathes the teeth.
Fluoride plays an important role in dental and bone health. A deficiency of fluoride can lead to dental caries and potentially bone problems. The main signs of fluoride deficiency are cavities and weak bones and that's because a lack of fluoride can cause your enamel to become weak and prone to decay.
There are some natural ways one should follow to maintain the fluoride intake in order to prevent cavities:
The maximum reduction in tooth decay is achieved when fluoride is available both topically and systemically. Water fluoridation provides both types of exposure. However, also note that exposure to too much fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis which can damage bones and joints. New research reinforces the many benefits of fluoride.
Not sure about the appropriate amount of fluoride for you and your family? Contact our dental office today and we'd be happy to answer your questions.