December 06, 2013

How Fluoride Works To Prevent Tooth Decay

A  report in the journal Langumirof the American Chemical Society, gives evidence of how fluoride in drinking water, toothpastes, mouthrinses, and other oral care products prevents tooth decay.  Fluoride penetrates a thin layer to harden the enamel on the tooth surface.  In addition, it also works by impacting the adhesion force of bacteria that stick to the teeth and produce the acid that causes cavities.  By reducing the ability of decay-causing bacteria to stick on teeth, it is easier to wash away the bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activities.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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