We all want strong, healthy teeth. And, to be honest, our teeth start out pretty strong on their own. That is because they are covered in a layer of enamel, which is actually the strongest substance in the human body. It allows us to bite and chew all kinds of food with confidence, and protects the sensitive inner layers of teeth from decay.
But enamel is constantly under attack from acids. Over time it can decay and wear away. Tooth enamel is also a finite resource; it doesn’t regenerate after it is gone. You need to take care of the enamel you have, and one of the best ways to do that is to use fluoride.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in soil, rocks, and water. Its benefit to humans is that it actually strengthens tooth enamel. Traces of it appear in almost all food we eat and water we drink, but often not in high enough concentrations to do any good. That is why Drs. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway offer fluoride treatment during your regular cleaning appointment.
Fluoride, administered in appropriate amounts, helps strengthen your teeth by reincorporating minerals like calcium. This means your teeth are more resistant to decay. It can be given to both adults and children, and in fact, giving it to children can help their permanent teeth come in stronger.
If you would like to know more about fluoride or schedule an appointment with our dentists, please call Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS in Shelby Township, MI, today!