NBCI also shared a report of experts questioning the use of fluoride-free toothpaste by the Associated Press showing that without fluoride, there is no added protection to avoiding tooth decay. These studies together, support and show how crucial it is to brush your teeth regularly with fluoride.
How Fluoride’s Anti-Decay Mechanism Works
Fluoride’s anti-decay mechanism is well known and studied in research and practice. The enamel surrounding your teeth is what protects them from dietary sugars that allow for bacteria growth between teeth and in the gums. Sugars unremoved from between the teeth and gums cause demineralization which develops into cavities. When fluoride is present and incorporated in the tooth, it makes the enamel more resistant to demineralization, thus preventing the decay process.
What’s the Takeaway? Is Fluoride Important When Brushing Your Teeth?
Short answer, “Yes.”
Fluoride in toothpaste and water help protect your teeth from decay and reduce the likeliness that you will end up with cavities.
You can help prevent tooth decay and cavities for yourself and your family by continuing to listen to trusted dentists such as Dr. Tyson Pickett, your trusted Keller Family Dentist. Contact Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX by phone at (817) 431-5514 or using our super easy online form.