Fluoride is Important for Preventing Decay
'Tip of the Week' Use a Fluoride Toothpaste or mouthwash to prevent decay, as much as we love seeing you, we want you to keep your teeth!
How does fluoride protect teeth?
Fluoride disrupts the process of tooth decay by:
- changing the structure of developing enamel, making it more resistant to acid attack – these structural changes occur if a child consumes fluoride during the period when enamel develops (mainly up to seven years of age)
- encouraging better quality enamel to form that's more resistant to acid attack
- reducing plaque bacteria’s ability to produce acid, which is the cause of tooth decay