Why is Fluoride Useful in Teeth Whitening?
Should we be looking out for Fluoride in our teeth whitening products? Funny you ask...
There are lots of things we are on the look out for when it comes to teeth whitening products: instant results, before and after proof, a bargain. But there is one thing we tend not to not to think about. Fluoride. Why is it good that teeth whitening products have Fluoride in them?
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral commonly used in dentistry to strengthen tooth enamel. It is proven to prevent cavities (holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay) and in some countries added to public water sources in small quantities, to prevent dental decay.
In fact, in the USA, a 68% drop in the statistics of average tooth decay or loss in 12 year-olds was reported in the years following the introduction of fluoridated water in public sources. So, it works.
WHY IS FLUORIDE USEFUL IN TEETH WHITENING?
In your mouth and saliva (bleurgh) lives bacteria that works to break down the sugars and carbohydrates that you consume every day. When they break down these foods, they produce certain acids that strip away the minerals in your teeth’s enamel.
The enamel of teeth becomes weaker through this process known as demineralisation. When a tooth’s enamel is weakened, it becomes more susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria. Not good news.
This is where our friend Fluoride comes in. Fluoride can replenish and replace the minerals that have been stripped away by demineralisation, rebuilding any weakened enamel.
Fluoride’s remineralising capacities can protect your teeth from cavities and reverse any early signs of tooth decay. Fluoride doesn’t stop there; it also helps slow down mineral loss from enamel and prevent oral bacterial growth.
Fresh, fabulous and fights against tooth decay and enamel weakening- Fluoride truly is our friend and we should be looking out for it when we buy teeth whitening products