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Why do I Need Fluoride?

Fluoride is one of the best weapons in the battle against tooth decay, as it is one of three minerals that can successfully remineralize—or regrow—enamel (the protective layer of a tooth) when bacteria and sugars attack it. Without remineralization, your teeth would be lost to demineralization, which occurs when acids from the foods and drinks you consume eat away at your teeth.

Not only can fluoride remineralize your teeth, but it can also prevent tooth decay by making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks. More than that, it has the ability to reverse early decay. Furthermore, at about age 6, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize our choppers. It disrupts acid production entirely and helps speed up remineralization in both children and adults.

Fluoride is most effective in infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. These are the time periods during which the primary and permanent teeth erupt. However, that doesn’t mean that as adults you should stop using fluoride; research indicates that topical fluoride—such as that found in toothpastes and mouth rinses—is effective in fighting tooth decay at all ages.

Schedule your initial consultation with us today so that we can determine the health of your teeth, and set up a treatment plan to get you to the point where your smile is the healthiest it can be. Visit or call 847-742-4214 for more information.