What Happens When Your Teeth Lack Sufficient Fluoride?
Posted on 3/17/2018 by Kirchner Dental
Do you know what can happen to your teeth if you do not get enough fluoride? Your teeth become much more susceptible to things like cavities, increased sensitivity, and full tooth decay.
The fluoride helps to protect your teeth. If you do not get enough, your teeth are more vulnerable. You can get fluoride naturally through things like the water you drink, or through things like fluoride treatments, fluoridated mouthwash, and even toothpaste with added fluoride.
Dangers Associated with Too Little Fluoride
When you do not get enough fluoride, the acids that come from the plaque in your mouth have free reign to do damage anywhere they want in your mouth.
This means they eat through the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to painful tooth sensitivity, and it can also cause holes in your teeth, more commonly called cavities. These are painful, and with the right amount of fluoride, almost entirely preventable.
Where to Get Fluoride
The best places to get fluoride regularly include your oral hygiene tools and through tap water. You should use tools that have fluoride in them, such as floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
Plus, you should out of your way to drink tap water that has fluoride added as often as possible. This helps to boost how much fluoride your body gets. However, if you do not have access to tap water that has fluoride, such as you live with well water, we can also help you get enough through fluoride treatments in our office.
If you think you may be getting enough fluoride, but want to know for sure, then give us a call. We can do an exam and see what condition your teeth are currently in. Then, we can work with you to develop a plan to ensure that your teeth are able to stay as healthy as possible.