Although tooth decay and cavities affect over 90% of adults in the United States, the truth is that there are numerous tools and methods for effectively fighting the disease’s development. Brushing and flossing your teeth is the first and foremost defense against cavities; however, sometimes, good dental hygiene requires a bit of professional help and a boost to your teeth’s defenses. Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, tests your knowledge of one of the most effective professional dental hygiene measures—fluoride—and why it’s a beneficial supplement to your oral hygiene routine.
Fluoride and Cavities—True/False Quiz
Tooth decay isn’t preventable, although it is highly controllable.
False—Despite its wide-spread occurrence, tooth decay can be prevented with proper care and maintenance. The disease begins with excessive oral bacteria converting sugar and carbs into acid, which erodes your protective tooth enamel until it can no longer protect your tooth. Preventing tooth decay means preventing this acid erosion, which can be achieved with excellent oral hygiene practices.
Fluoride protects your teeth by directly strengthening tooth enamel.
Truth—As a mineral, fluoride bonds to your tooth enamel’s surface, much like the calcium and phosphate that comprise enamel’s structure. When enamel is weakened by bacterial acid attacks, fluoride can help strengthen it and reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and cavities.
Although effective, fluoride is hard to find.
False—Since the mid-1900s, the act of adding trace amounts of fluoride to municipal water supplies has been official policy. Also, fluoride is found in most major toothpaste brands and other dental hygiene products. If your enamel is especially weakened, then Dr. Young may recommend a direct fluoride treatment at our Lafayette dentist’s office.
Learn More at Your Lafayette Dentist’s Office
To learn more about fluoride and how to effective prevent tooth decay and cavities, schedule an appointment with your Lafayette dentist by calling Dr. Young at (337) 237-6453. Located in the 70508 area, our Lafayette dentist’s office proudly welcomes patients from Lafayette and all surrounding communities.