Information About Fluoride Treatments
What is Fluoride and What is it Used For?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has the potential to keep your teeth strong and prevent cavities from forming. It’s been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Monitored use and treatment using fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and neutralizes the bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums.
The following activities have the potential to encourage cavity formation:
- Eating disorders like Bulimia, Anorexia, and BED
- Drug or alcohol abuse or overuse
- Poor oral hygiene (failure to floss, brush, and rinse)
- Poor diets heavy in sugars and carbs
- Any activity causing dry mouth or low saliva production
Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk of developing dental tooth cavities which frequently occur due to the formation of plaque. As plaque remains on the tooth, it produces an acid that erodes teeth & gum tissue. When plaque breaks down or penetrates the enamel layer or your tooth, bacteria can infect and cause trauma to the nerves at the tooth’s core. Pain and tooth rot is often the result. However, with the use of fluoride treatments, you can prevent cavities and keep your smile looking great for years to come.
Professional Fluoride Treatments
City Dental Centers professional various fluoride treatments in the form of a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish. The treatment may be applied with a swab, brush, tray, or mouthwash. These treatments have much more fluoride than what’s in our city drinking water or a standard tube of toothpaste.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a professional fluoride treatment at your dentist’s office every 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your oral health. If you’re at high risk for cavities, your dentist may also prescribe a special fluoride rinse or gel to use regularly at home.
What Are the Benefits of Fluoride?
Fluoride works by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It can also inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria and further prevent cavities. According to Dr. Niketa V. Shaha, dental fluoride treatments “cannot remove decay but can help stop the decay from penetrating into the deeper parts of teeth,” Furthermore, dentist fluoride treatments have the potential to benefit both children & adults. And the sooner we begin fluoride treatments, the better the results will be and the less likely the chance of developing cavities.
If you or your children need dental fluoride treatments scheduled, or you’re not sure if they’re necessary, please reach out to us for more information.