It’s no secret that fluoride is beneficial to protecting teeth from decay. Many American cities and towns have added fluoride to the water supply as a means to improve the oral health of residents.
Fluoride makes teeth stronger and more resistant to decay. Enamel, the hard outer layer of your teeth, does not grow back or repair itself once damaged. Fluoride works to strengthen enamel by repairing and re-mineralizing it, therefore lessening the damage caused by bacteria and acids.
It is recommended that you receive a fluoride treatment from a dentist twice a year. The fluoride comes in either a foam or gel, with a variety of flavors to choose from.
The dentist will add the fluoride to foam trays that are placed in your mouth. This form of delivery is beneficial because it is quick. In addition, less fluoride is digested and it continues to “soak” into the enamel for up to 24 hours after it’s applied.
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