San Ramon Cosmetic Dentistry Blog | Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011


Tooth decay, or destruction of enamel, is a worldwide problem affecting millions of people, both young and old alike. Although action is being taken in hopes of preventing this disease, dental caries continue to pose an important public health problem in most developed countries, where it affects 60-90% of schoolchildren and the vast majority of adults. The use of fluoride, whether used topically or systemically has been scientifically proven to help in the reduction of tooth caries globally.

The use of fluoride can be administered in two ways, topically and systemically. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth surface such as toothpastes containing fluoride, mouth rinses, fluoride varnishes applied by dental professionals and saliva. Once a topical fluoride is applied in the oral cavity, saliva helps distribute it over the enamel surfaces of the teeth. Unlike topical application of fluoride, systemic fluoride is ingested into the body through ways such as food and beverages containing fluoride, dietary fluoride supplements, and fluoridated water. Systemic fluoride present during tooth development becomes incorporated into the tooth structure, resulting in fortified enamel more resistant to decay. While topical fluoride is beneficial to the prevention of dental caries, it can only do so much. Systemic fluoride, when ingested during the development of the teeth, can help create strong tooth enamel. Using a combination of the two can help produce maximum prevention and reduction of tooth decay.

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Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Cosmetic Dentistry

1501 Bollinger Canyon Road Suite G
San Ramon, CA 94583

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