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How Fluoride Works

healthysmileIn an advance toward solving a 50-year-old mystery, scientists are reporting new evidence on how the fluoride in drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses and other oral-care products prevents tooth decay.


Despite a half-century of scientific research, controversy still exists over exactly how fluoride compounds reduce the risk of tooth decay. That research established long ago that fluoride helps to harden the enamel coating that protects teeth from the acid produced by decay-causing bacteria. Newer studies already found that fluoride penetrates into and hardens a much thinner layer of enamel than previously believed, lending credence to other theories about how fluoride works.The report describes new evidence that fluoride also works by impacting the adhesion force of bacteria that stick to the teeth and produce the acid that causes cavities. The experiments — performed on artificial teeth (hydroxyapatite pellets) to enable high-precision analysis techniques — revealed that fluoride reduces the ability of decay-causing bacteria to stick, so that also on teeth, it is easier to wash away the bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activity.If you and your family drink only non-fluoridated bottled water, please talk with Dr. Hawkins at you next visit to see if a fluoride treatment may be a good choice to help protect you from tooth decay.

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The above story is based on materials provided by American Chemical Society.

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We are currently undergoing a remodel of our offices that will allow us to bring advanced technology to you along with more comfort for you and your family.  We’ll use this News & Events blog to share those updates as well as information about dental healthcare.

And be sure to come back to learn more about The Hawk’s Nest, a club exclusively for children who come to our practice. Every parent wants the best for the children, especially when it come to taking care of the health. We will be sharing ideas to help kids develop excellent daily oral hygiene habits plus fun, games and rewards.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2012!

Dr. Hawkins and the Staff of Hawkins Dentistry