Posted on 11/25/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you are like most, you understand that fluoride is good for children's teeth. You see it in your toothbrush ingredients and sometimes your mouth wash, but aren't anti-bacterial in toothpaste and alcohol burning mouthwash best for ridding the mouth of bacteria?
The short answer is no. Your mouth is always going to have a level of bacteria, raising and lowering with what we call the potential hydrogen level or pH. It is the acidic level of your mouth.
Your Mouths Ever-Changing System
When you are consuming water, your mouth has a high level of pH. Teeth erode at 5.5 and below. Water keeps it around 7.5. Sodas, sugary candies, junk food, and others feed bacteria that lower the pH, producing plaque from the sugar. Plaque is an acid that attacks the teeth's shell, called enamel. The more and longer you consume sugar-rich substances and others, the more the plaque attacks the tooth.
When fluoride is introduced to the mouth it begins to inhibit the plaques acidic decay of the tooth and starts assisting the tooth's repair by causing the saliva gland to trigger. Fluoride is, in essence, your teeth's guardian angel. It steps in slowing damage and with continued regular use, it helps allow the teeth to heal.
Even if your teeth have early signs of tooth decay. Fluoride can help stop and reverse the process. Use fluoride toothpaste and alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash. If your teeth are really affected, we can also prescribe a stronger version of fluoride to seal and protect your teeth.
If your teeth are showing yellowish signs of plaque or even darker spots, showing cavities, we can help. Call us today, we can get you scheduled for an oral cleaning and prescription-strength fluoride. Let us assist with your oral care needs.
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