How Fluoride Toothpaste Can Keep Your Smile Strong
There are a lot of ideas and misconceptions that circulate around concerning what different types of toothpaste are optimal for oral hygiene. Some people in Eastern cultures assume that toothpaste with fluoride is not necessary for clean and healthy teeth. On the other hand, in most Western cultures fluoride toothpaste is beneficial and can help prevent and reduce tooth decay.
Fluoride toothpaste is most beneficial because it helps tooth enamel in two distinct ways. The first way is mostly helpful for kids. At the stage of their life when they are still growing teeth, toothpaste with fluoride will aid the emerging teeth by developing them to be hard; the toughness of the tooth is important when you are trying to avoid cavities and decay. In our children’s day-to-day life, and even in our own, there is a potential for oral bacteria to build up in our mouths and cause various problems. This brings us to our second way: a more preventative action. If acid build-up enters the mouth after teeth are fully sprouted, which is produced by oral bacteria, then our teeth need to remain strong enough to resist this very acid. Sugary foods such as candy, dried fruit, and sodas will cause this breakout and put your healthy smile at risk.
Luckily, most Americans have the benefit of receiving a dose of fluoride just by drinking water. About 75% of America’s water supply contains fluoride which reaffirms that your teeth are being restored and repaired without any additional effort. Unfortunately, just drinking tap water will not adequately protect your teeth. Purchasing fluoride toothpaste from any grocery store and brushing twice a day will result in stronger and healthier teeth. When using fluoride toothpaste, it’s important to remember that you are actively protecting yourself from preventable issues that are mainly a result of poor hygiene. For example, gum disease, bad breath, and tooth loss can be a result of not properly following a healthy smile regimen.
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