Fluoridation and Preventing Tooth Decay
Fluoride is a substance which coats teeth and prevents cavities. It works by hardening your teeth and making them less susceptible to the acids which form from bacteria in mouth, leading to cavities. Fluoride is so effective in preventing cavities that it is regularly added to water supplies. This had led to some studies on the health issues involved with fluoridation of water.
To date, no studies have documented a link between fluoride in water and any other health problems or issues, with the exception of fluorosis, or darkening of the teeth in babies who are overdosed with fluoride. For this reason, fluoride treatments are not recommended for very young children.
With a dental cleaning every six months, regular use of tartar control toothpaste in brushing, flossing, and the application of dental sealants, fluoride will probably not be necessary. However, since most people don't brush after every meal or use dental sealants, fluoride may be recommended for use on a regular basis.
Having a regular dental exam is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy. If you don't want to require the services of a cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles to replace lost teeth, preventing cavities and tooth loss is the best alternative.
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