Fluoride Deficiency And Its Signs

Any type of success in life comes with diligence and consistency. This very same rule applies to dental care as well. If you want to keep your teeth in a healthy condition, you are going to need to stay on top of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding sugary foods and drinks. Still, you cannot rule out the possibility of your teeth to be in a not-so-healthy state due to fluoride deficiency.

What is fluoride?

According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is present in the form of fluoride ion in the earth’s crust. It exists along with the other minerals in rocks and soil. This element plays a pivotal role in preventing tooth decay. 

Our teeth undergo the processes of demineralization and re-mineralization numerous times a day. Demineralization refers to the loss of minerals from the tooth enamel, while the process of enamel regaining those minerals is known as re-mineralization. 

Fluoride is a crucial mineral that strengthens our tooth enamel. It gets fluoride through saliva in our mouth. There is a heightened risk of tooth decay if the pace of re-mineralization is consistently slower than that of demineralization.

What are the signs of fluoride deficiency?

Tooth decay is a more noticeable sign of fluoride deficiency. This decay happens due to bacterial buildup on teeth. This buildup uses sugars and carbohydrates to produce acids, which trigger a massive demineralization of tooth enamel. This phenomenon results in the teeth to wear away.

Some communities report a high rate of tooth decay in children. That’s why many communities fluoridate drinking water supply. The use of fluoridated water for drinking can reduce tooth decay by 25% in adults and children, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control.

Effect on overall health

Tooth decay is one of the most significant concerns related to oral care. Plaque development can lead to the rotting and decaying of teeth. It also initiates and worsens gum disease, which can leave an impact on overall health. Gum disease allows bacteria and germs to enter the bloodstream, resulting in heart disease, clogged arteries, and strokes.

Fluoride treatment

The good thing is that you can use fluoride to keep your mouth healthy in many different ways. The first and foremost requirement is to brush and floss your teeth regularly to avoid the formation of plaque on the surface of your teeth and around the gum line. Aside from having fluoride toothpaste, you will want to invest in a toothbrush with raised tips. Such toothbrushes can clean the area around the gum line.

You will also want to visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental visits allow you to know about the state of your oral and dental health. The dentist will perform a physical checkup to see if there are any signs of gum disease or tooth decay, and also if you need fluoride treatment. Some problems may exist under the gum line, and they are generally not noticeable. Your dentist will run some necessary checks to make sure that your teeth and gums are safe from any visible and invisible complication.

Getting the Pearly Whites

There are certain times in your life when having great looking teeth is important.  There are pivotal moments in the American Society that suggest that these times are worth going all in for when it comes to teeth whitening.  Some of these occasions are weddings, graduations, and big photoshoots.  These are the times that you will get life long lasting moments and they will follow you through your entire life.  That is why the tooth whitening industry is getting so big and it is because people are believing that they must have perfect teeth during this time.  I am pretty sure your life will be ok without super bright or perfect teeth, but I do think it is nice to look your best if some photo or video is going to be shown all your life to those who love you.  So I do want to go over my experience with getting teeth white and bright.

The first time I ever tried to get a brighter smile was right along with my sister when I was younger.  I was actually in Junior High and she was getting ready for prom in a few weeks.  She purchased some crest white strips and I was all about wanting to get my dating game on point.  This was a huge moment because we had never done it before.  But we ended up putting on both crest whitening strips and found it really weird and jelly.  It was hard to get them placed on our teeth but we did it and finally started the timer.  At first, we felt like nothing had happened but we ended up doing it each night that week. 

We finished out the strips, but at the end, my teeth really hurt.  I had super bright and white teeth, but they were sensitive.  That was the term I was told to say, but what they really were was in pain.  I had great looking teeth and my teeth hurt for days on hot and cold items.  It was most likely a bad thing for my dental health and if it was not for the fact that I was getting married 14 years later I would have never used them again.  But I needed white teeth quick and the newer version was easier to use, but still gave me painful teeth in the end.  I couldn’t finish out the entire package of crest white strips due to the pain, but I did look good for my wedding.  This is an effective but cautionary way to keep your teeth bright so be careful.

The next area that really took hold in my life was the use of charcoal toothpaste.  I have tried regular whitening toothpaste and seen no difference.  But this year with the COVID-19 pandemic I ended up working from home and stepped up my dental routine.  I brushed three times a day and at night I used a whitening charcoal toothpaste. This routine happened for a month and I didn’t feel sensitive teeth at all, but my smile started to get brighter.  I can’t say it worked fast, but it worked and kept me from feeling pain.  That is why it is my best recommendation for getting bright teeth, but not in a hurry.  Go see your dentist for a quick whitening, but that may cost you!