What is Fluoride and Why is it Important for Teeth?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and which can be found in some water supplies and certain foods as well as toothpaste and some mouthwashes. It is important for dental health as it strengthens the tooth enamel which is the hard outer layer that protects teeth. Every day this layer of enamel comes under attack from strong acids that are produced by the many bacteria that live in the mouth. These acids soften the outer layer of tooth enamel and eventually can cause cavities. Children’s teeth are covered in a thinner layer of enamel than adults so the added protection of fluoride can help increase their resistance to tooth decay.