Chances are you brush with a fluoride toothpaste. But do you really know what fluoride does for you?
Referred to by the American Dental Association as, “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride is a mineral that dentists have discovered aids in cavity prevention.
But, how does it work? And what exactly does fluoride do to prevent cavities? Is it sorcery? Read on to learn more about the magic mineral and how you can add it to your daily routine.
Each day, your teeth encounter a variety of minerals and each day minerals are sloughed from your teeth.
It’s a normal process that happens to everyone, but the removal of minerals from the tooth’s enamel can be harmful if not replaced.
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Minerals are removed from the teeth by acids like plaque and bacteria such as sugars that strip away the helpful minerals, such as calcium and fluoride. If too many minerals are stripped and not replaced, tooth decay can occur.
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