Visit any drug store and you’ll see a huge array of toothpaste choices. There are dozens of different brands, flavors, and extra ingredients to choose from, all promising excellent results for your pearly whites and oral health.
One major ingredient that nearly all toothpaste has in common is fluoride. But, what exactly does it do for your teeth?
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in nature that is used to help fight cavities. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride helps build stronger tooth enamel. This is true when you ingest it as well as when you apply it to the tooth’s exterior. This means that this kind of toothpaste is one of the most efficient ways to build and protect tooth enamel, which in turn helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Other Benefits of Fluoride
In addition to building tooth enamel, fluoride also helps prevent plaque build-up on teeth. Plaque is film that builds up on teeth. This sticky substance contains bacteria that breaks down teeth and weakens your enamel. When enamel is stronger, there are fewer pores through which that bacteria can enter, and teeth are better protected.
Choosing a Toothpaste With Fluoride
Finding a fluoride toothpaste is easy – just check the label. Most major brands of toothpaste contain the words on the package and the mineral will also be listed as the active ingredient. You’ll also find it in many toothpastes labeled as “plaque fighting” or “tartar control.” Some specialty whitening toothpastes don’t have the ingredient, though, so be sure to read the label carefully to ensure that you are getting the best formula for your teeth.
The Importance of Regular Brushing
Of course, the best toothpaste in the world won’t protect your teeth if you don’t use it regularly. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice per day, for at least two full minutes. Use a gentle, circular motion rather than wiping back and forth, and be sure your toothbrush is also massaging your gums as you work your way around your mouth. Finish with flossing to remove any residual food particles between your teeth.
Regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean, strong, and healthy for a lifetime of good oral health. Contact Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry today to make sure your smile is clean and healthy.