Fluoride is a mineral that aides in preventing tooth decay. The benefits of fluoride use have been known for over 5 decades. Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth and has even been shown to reverse signs of early decay. In fact, it is the most powerful agent available in preserving healthy teeth and preventing cavities.
It is common to apply fluoride treatment to teeth for children up to the age of 18. However, because we know the importance of preventing decay, we also recommend fluoride for adults at risk. This type of treatment is referred to as topical fluoride, routinely recommended to be applied twice a year at dental visits. Topical fluoride treatment strengthens the enamel of the teeth, making teeth more acid-resistant. Other sources of topical fluoride include toothpaste, mouthwash and fluoride rinses.
Small amounts of fluoride are often present in our drinking water and the foods we eat. Fluoride received in this way is called systemic fluoride. It can even help strengthen teeth that have not even erupted yet!
Our professional dental team is here to help you understand the benefits of fluoride and to achieve the optimum amount of treatment. It is possible to get too much fluoride. We are trained to prescribe the proper amount for your child.
Fluorosis is a condition that occurs when a child receives too much fluoride. Fluorosis causes white marks on the still-developing permanent teeth. In addition, only a small amount of toothpaste is recommended for young children when brushing. It is common for young children to swallow toothpaste as they are still learning to develop proper dental hygiene.
Fluoride treatments are not only important for a child’s oral health. They are also beneficial for adults. Our talented team of doctors recommend fluoride for adults at risk as well.
Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is common in many adults and makes them prone to tooth decay. The lack of saliva allows food particles to remain on teeth increasing the risk of decay. Additionally, gum disease, also referred to as Periodontitis, leaves teeth and roots exposed to bacteria, further increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Remember, preventative regular dental visits and good oral hygeine along with fluoride are necessary to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride alone is not enough. Good oral hygiene includes brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, reducing sugary snacks and visiting your dentist. For more tips or ways to improve your dental health, ask us. We are here to help you.
Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth and has even been shown to reverse signs of early decay.