Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010

Fluoride works in two ways: topically and systemically.
Topical fluorides (meaning fluoride put right on the teeth) strengthen
teeth that are in the mouth. As fluoride washes over the tooth
surface, it is added into the outer surface of the tooth, making it
stronger which protects teeth from cavities. Topical fluoride also
helps protect and make the root surfaces less sensitive by adding
fluoride into the naturally occurring “softer” root surface.
Systemic fluorides are those that are swallowed via food and water
and are used by the body when the teeth are forming. If fluoride is
taken regularly during the time when teeth are forming (6 months to
6 years-old), it will be added into the enamel layer (outer layer of
the tooth) as they develop, creating a stronger, more cavity resistant
tooth. Systemic fluorides also protect teeth topically; fluoride is in
saliva, which is always washing over the teeth. Fluoride can help the
tooth repair itself where it may have been damaged by acids early
in the cavity process.
How can I get fluoride?




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