Ortho aligners
By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
December 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

What does fluoride do? Fluoride is said to protect the teeth in two ways:
Protection from demineralization - when bacteria in the mouth combine with sugars they produce acid. This acid can erode tooth enamel and damage our teeth. Fluoride can protect teeth from demineralization that is caused by the acid.

Remineralization - if there is already some damage to teeth caused by acid, fluoride accumulates in the demineralized areas and begins strengthening the enamel, a process called remineralization.
Fluoride is extremely useful in preventing cavities and making teeth stronger. However, it is much less effective if a cavity has already formed.

According to the National Health Service, fluoride disrupts the process of tooth decay by:
altering the structure of the developing enamel so that it is more resistant to acid attack. These structural changes occur as a child's enamel develops (before he/she is seven years old).
providing an environment where better quality enamel is formed, which is much more resistant to acid attack
reducing the bacteria's (bacteria in plaque) ability to produce acid, a major cause of tooth decay