As a parent it is so important to us to teach our kids and give them the skills they will need for later live to enter into the world on their own.
Apart from helping your children to learn to walk and talk the most important thing we also try to teach our children from a very early age is the importance of brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day (morning and night). However what starts out as a fun topic can become quite a chore to some kids and the two minutes can become 10 seconds and later in live this is not just the Kids…..As adults we are so busy that 10 seconds maybe all we can fit in the morning or at night…. What most people do not realise is how important that those two minutes can be for your oral hygiene and the health of your mouth.
Dental decay occurs when there is a build up of foods becoming trapped between the teeth or dental plaque which is a white film which forms on the surface of the teeth, when you have too many sugary foods or drinks the bacteria in the plaque can form an acid which attacks the teeth and if left this can cause cavities.
Cavities are holes in the tooth/teeth resulting from acid attacks and decay that generally start in the enamel of the tooth which can also spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth which if left too long can also result in the loss of a tooth or teeth.
However even for those who are diligent with their oral hygiene they can find that they still get cavities and for most of those people they may find that they either do not have access to Fluoride or are not using a Fluoride Toothpaste which is also essential in the fight in preventing cavities.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in tap water in varying amounts, depending on where in the UK you live. Around 5.8 million people in England receive fluoridated water which means fluoride has been added to the water to bring it up to around 1mg of fluoride per litre of water. At the moment there is a dental campaign in the UK to have more fluoridated water in areas of the UK (please check your water supplier and they will be able to advise you if you have fluoridated water and how much fluoride is in the water)..
It has been found that Fluoride can help to prevent tooth decay and cavities, which is why it is also added to many brands of toothpaste and mouth rinses.
So how does the Fluoride work?
Fluoride helps prevent dental decay and cavities by slowing the breakdown of the enamel and speed up the remineralisation (repair and replacement of the lost mineral in the tooth), thus helping to avoid and repair dental decay or cavities. If you are using a toothpaste or mouth rinse with Fluoride in it after having dental decay or cavities you will also find that it can also help the teeth to be more decay resistant.
So what can you do to ensure you have enough Fluoride?
- Adding Fluoride to your drinking water (if you are unsure of the Fluoride Levels you should add please check with your dentist).
- Use a toothpaste containing Fluoride (for children under 6 years of age this should only be a pea size dab of toothpaste).
- Use an Alcohol Free Mouth wash containing Fluoride
As you can see using products with Fluoride in it is very important in helping to prevent tooth decay or cavities however if you have any concerns regarding Fluoride or would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at Marylebone Implant Centre on 0203434293 or email: [email protected], why not set up an appointment with our delightful hygienist Catriona who will talk you through it personally.