Fluoride helps to prevent against tooth decay by strengthening the tooth’s enamel and making it more resistant to acids and harmful bacteria.Fluoride can be administered topically to adults and children to help prevent against cavities and fluoride toothpastes and gels are also used to help control tooth sensitivity, especially when the roots are exposed due to gum recession and teeth grinding. When an individual is suffering from dry mouth (xerostomia), fluoride trays can be made to help prevent against rampant decay caused by a lack of salivary flow. A little fluoride is good for your teeth, but too much of it can lead to a condition called fluorosis, which can cause white spots on your teeth during the child’s development.
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