Leaving fluorides after
Brushing good for teeth
TAGBILARAN CITY, February 24, (PIA)—Well, it may seem gross, but experts here have a science behind to prove it.
At the Kapihan sa PIA, dentists Dr. Ruthie Villas-Lapay explained that leaving the brushing, instead of gurgling and spitting out these, allows the fluorides to do its job, that is strengthen the teeth.
Fluorides are natural minerals found throughout the earth's crust and widely distributed in nature.
Drinking water keeps certain amount of fluorides in the mouth, which water supplies, but the recent trends of purified water also cleanses the water of the necessary fluorides.
According to dentists, fluorides help prevent cavities in two different ways: it helps harden the enamel of the teeth especially as soon as these emerge from the gums of babies.
Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible.
Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family's teeth strong — no matter their ages, dentists claim.
When it reaches the teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel and helps repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard; this process is called remineralization.
In remineralization, the minerals deposited into the tooth enamel help strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralization phase. Thus, fluoride helps stop the decay process and prevent tooth decay.
Over this, dentists Drs. Lapay and Felino Columnas agree that picking a fluoride toothpaste does a lot to prevent tooth decay.
The 2006 National Oral Health Survey (NOHS) revealed that 97.1% of six-year-old children suffer from tooth decay.
And, 78.4% of twelve-year-old children suffer from dental caries and 49.7% of the same age group manifested symptoms of dentinogenic infections, according to the Department of Health.
With these figures, it would appear that brushing wrong has not really dented much on the tooth decay and dental carries issue.
Besides, Dr Lapay asserted, “swallowing fluorides wont hurt.”
Now, would people start keeping the brushing on and delay the gurgling with water and see the difference? (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
We have been doing it wrong all along. Rinsing the teeth by gurgling after brushing washes out the fluorides that are there in the toothpaste to harden the enamel of the teeth, according to Dr. Ruthie Villas-Lapay. (RAC/PIA-7/Bohol)