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Some people say that the best defense is a good offense. It is certainly important to have a proactive approach when it comes to your oral health. One way to bolster your teeth’s defense against cavities and decay you might have heard of is using fluoride. But does it really work? The answer to that question is yes, it absolutely does! Here’s some of the science behind why.

Your teeth are covered in a protective layer of enamel, actually the hardest substance in your body. This is made of a compound known as hydroxyapatite, itself made from minerals like calcium and phosphate. When exposed to acid, these minerals are lost and enamel is weakened. However, your saliva also contains calcium and phosphate, and it works to reintegrate them back into the teeth.

Fluoride helps in this process by combining with calcium and phosphate to form a new, ultrahard compound called fluoroapatite. It is actually tougher and more resistant to decay than hydroxyapatite, which means that by using fluoride, you are actively strengthening your teeth.

Fluoride can be obtained in consumer products such as toothpaste and mouth rinse, and should be used regularly. Fluoride treatment at Riverside Dental is also important. This is included in your regular cleaning and exam, and is a more concentrated application than is available in other products. We can also provide supplements to more vulnerable patients.

If you have any questions about fluoride or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Spencer, please call our dental office in Jacksonville, FL today. Give your teeth the defense they need!