Fluoride is one of the most commonly promoted oral healthcare ingredients. The discovery that fluorine (a naturally occurring element) might translate to healthier teeth was a landmark event for the dental industry. There has been some debate over the years as to the safety and efficacy of fluoride. Not only is fluoride infused into our dental products and many municipal water supplies, but also as a professional treatment from Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari.
Dr. Frederick McKay, a dentist in Colorado, ran his practice in the early 1900’s. He noticed that many of his patients had trouble with brown-stained teeth. In spite of these unsightly stains, these patients seemed resistant to tooth decay. Dr. McKay and researcher, Dr. G.V. Black, teamed up to discover the condition of fluorosis. Due to overexposure to fluoride, these patients were dealing with major discoloration, but somehow stronger teeth. Further studies revealed the optimal concentration of fluoride for all of the benefits without the stains. The US Public health service mandated the fluoridation of public drinking water in 1951.
Effectiveness of Fluoride
Fluoride has three major impacts on teeth. When harmful oral bacteria release lactic acids, tooth enamel begins to dissolve, weakening teeth. This process is called demineralization. When fluoride is ingested, it increases tooth enamel’s resistance to harmful acid and germs. Fluoride also makes teeth more slippery, almost like Teflon or other non-stick surfaces. Germs rely on a sticky environment to cling to teeth and cause trouble in your mouth. Finally, fluoride also harms bacteria by reducing the amount of acid they are able to produce. This minimizes the production of plaque (which hardens into tartar). Because of fluoride, the demineralization potential of the bacteria which cause tooth decay is greatly reduced.
Fluoride Treatments in Farmington Hills
While you likely have fluoridated drinking water, professional fluoride treatments from Dr. Askari can be highly beneficial to those with inadequate exposure to fluoride. Are you overdue for a dental checkup? The best way to keep teeth clean and healthy is to keep up with six month dental checkups. Contact Comfort Dental Spa to schedule your professional fluoride treatment today, by calling (248)474-6434. We welcome patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, and Detroit neighborhoods.