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How Does Fluoride Improve Your Dental Health

As you know, there are many ways that your dentist has for combating tooth decay, reversing tooth decay, and managing the damage that is caused by tooth decay. One such way of doing this is by administering treatments with fluoride. You have probably heard about fluoride and wondered what it is and what it does. Well, that’s actually not that hard to explain. The team here at out Manhattan cosmetic dentistry office want to take a few minutes to describe the various ways in which fluoride helps you.

Fluoride, first of all, is a mineral that appears naturally in many different kinds of food and in water as well. Fluoride is essential to fighting tooth decay and reversing tooth decay in teeth. You see, teeth tend to lose minerals over time. This is caused by the acids that form in the mouth as a result of oral bacteria and the build up of plaque. Fluoride will make a tooth more resistant to the effects of tooth decay by strengthening the enamel on the topmost layer of the tooth.

Fluoride comes in generally two forms for most of us. One way is through the use of fluoride in drinking water. This helps with building up those minerals that are essential to healthy teeth. By and large, though, most people come into contact with fluoride through the use of various toothpastes and dental rinses. These are topical applications of fluoride and are essential for good dental health. And of course, there’s also the use of fluoride at the dentist’s office, and this fluoride treatment can help a great deal in strengthening your teeth.

There are certainly more that comes to enhancing dental health and dental appearance than just getting yourself a fluoride treatment every now and then or using fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes. To learn more about Manhattan teeth whitening, dental health options, advanced dental care, and more, be sure to contact our Astoria cosmetic dentistry office.

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