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What is fluoride and how does it affect teeth?

Since fluoride is a topic of great importance in the field of public health, especially oral health, we look forward to exploring it and understanding its vital role in preventing caries and promoting dental health, as it will be interesting to review the positive effects of fluoride use and its effect on tooth enamel and the prevention of chronic dental diseases, so let's review together how this chemical compound can be an essential part of your oral and dental care routine.

What is fluoride

Fluoride is a chemical compound consisting of fluorine and is widely used in the field of public health, especially in oral and dental health care, as fluoride is added to most types of toothpastes and artificial waters to make it easier for individuals to obtain its benefits and fluoride is an important substance that protects teeth from decay and strengthens the outer layer of teeth known as enamel, which reduces tooth decay and the formation of stains.

Benefits of fluoride on teeth

Strengthening tooth enamel: Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth that protects it from decay and erosion.

Protecting teeth from cavities: Fluoride reduces the formation of plaque and tartar deposition on the teeth, which limits the growth of bacteria that cause cavities and reduces the risk of developing cavities.

Reduce tooth sensitivity: Fluoride can also reduce tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, and sweet, making teeth less sensitive

Strengthening children’s baby teeth: Fluoride can strengthen children’s baby teeth and reduce the possibility of developing decay in them, which contributes to dental health in the early stages of growth.

Reducing teeth's need for cosmetic treatments: By reducing cavities and reducing the formation of stains, fluoride can help maintain the aesthetics of teeth and reduce their need for cosmetic treatments.


What are the sources of fluoride?

Sources of fluoride are diverse and include:

Fluoridated drinking water: In many countries, fluoride is added to drinking water as a way to naturally provide fluoride to the population and promote dental health in the community.

Fluoride-containing toothpastes: Most commercial toothpastes are a major source of fluoride, as these pastes contain different concentrations of fluoride, which helps strengthen teeth and protect them from decay.

Fluoride tooth salt: Fluoride tooth salt is also available as another way to deliver fluoride and promote dental health, as fluoride tooth salt can be used as a supplement to toothpaste.

Professional fluoride applications in dental offices: Dentists can use professional fluoride applications, such as gels and sprays, in their offices to provide high concentrations of fluoride and promote dental health.

Fluoride supplements: In some cases, fluoride supplements can provide high concentrations of fluoride to those who are deficient, especially for growing children.

What are the dangers of excessive use of fluoride?

Using fluoride excessively or without a doctor’s instructions may lead to some side effects and potential risks, including:

Brown tooth decay (fluorosis): Brown tooth decay can occur as a result of excessive fluoride use, and is a condition characterized by the appearance of brown spots on the surface of the teeth.

Tooth damage and enamel damage: Dental structural damage and damage to the outer enamel layer of teeth can occur due to excessive exposure to fluoride.

Causes of dental sensitivity: Excessive exposure of teeth to fluoride may cause an increase in dental sensitivity, making the teeth more sensitive to external stimuli such as heat and cold.

Effects on public health: Some research indicates that there is a link between the use of fluoride in large quantities and some side effects on public health, such as the effect on thyroid function.

Effects on young children: Some research shows that exposure of young children to large amounts of fluoride may affect tooth development and increase the risk of developing tooth decay.

In conclusion, fluoride is an important tool in maintaining dental health and preventing cavities, however, it should be used with caution and under the supervision of a dentist to avoid possible side effects, as individuals should also follow proper health guidelines and maintain oral and dental hygiene

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