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What is Fluoride?

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flourineYou’ve almost certainly heard your dentist discuss fluoride toothpaste.  You may have even heard about fluoridated water.  But what is fluoride?  And what does it have to do with your teeth?

Fluoride is a variation of the basic element fluorine and it’s very important to the dental health of children and adults as teeth require regular replenishment of their minerals.  Fluoride is not only one of these minerals, it’s an especially good one.

As you know, cavities are caused by bacteria that smear acid on your teeth.  Your body uses minerals to repair the damage done by this acid, but unlike other minerals which just shore up the damage done, fluoride goes above and beyond.  Adding fluoride to the enamel of your teeth makes them even stronger!

The best way to use fluoride to strengthen your teeth is to use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it.  Almost all toothpastes today use fluoride.  If you’re not sure which toothpaste is best for you, ask your dentist.

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