Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in sources of water. Fluoride is popularly known for being able to reduce cavities and for its ability to repair tooth decay in its early stages. Fluoride can benefit both children and adults by keeping teeth strong and healthy. While fluoride is present in food and water, as well as in mouthwash and toothpaste, it may not be enough to prevent tooth decay. To receive better protection, it is ideal that you visit us here at Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA to get fluoride treatment.
How Fluoride Can Make Your Teeth Strong
The crown of a tooth has an outer layer that is referred to as the enamel. The enamel is made of minerals. Every day, these minerals are lost through the process of demineralization and are also gained through remineralization. Demineralization starts when the bacteria in the plaque produce acids. These acids are responsible for the dissolution of the minerals in the enamel. Meanwhile, in remineralization, minerals are absorbed into the enamel, helping to build it back. Too much demineralization and lack of remineralization cause tooth decay.
Fluoride helps teeth stay strong by aiding in the remineralization process. Fluoride is absorbed once it comes in contact with your teeth. It replenishes the depleted phosphorus and calcium, which are needed to maintain the hardness of your teeth. As a result, it helps repair the enamel and halts the process of tooth decay.
Fluoride can be absorbed by the teeth in some ways, such as when you use a toothpaste or mouth rinse that has fluoride. Fluoridated water also helps. Moreover, of course, one of the most effective ways to get fluoride into your teeth is through fluoride treatment.
Who are the Candidates for Fluoride Treatment?
Almost everyone can benefit from getting a fluoride treatment, especially children whose teeth are still developing. Adults who are at risk of tooth decay will also find fluoride treatments helpful. There are certain conditions that increase a person’s risk of dental decay. Such conditions include gum disease, gum recession, dry mouth due to medication or disease, history of cavities, and presence of dental works. Patients who snack frequently and those love sweets are also more prone to tooth decay.
What can you Expect from the Treatment?
The fluoride treatment that we will give you contains more fluoride than the toothpaste and mouthwashes that are meant for everyday use. They are chemically different and are made to stay on the teeth for a longer period. Before fluoride is applied, the teeth are dried first so that saliva would not dilute the fluoride. Fluoride can be applied as a varnish, foam, or gel. Fluoride treatment can come in various flavors, but it is never meant to be ingested.
Fluoride treatments will surely help keep your teeth strong and healthy. However, they alone are not enough to prevent tooth decay. It is still important for you to maintain good oral hygiene, eat a healthy diet, and visit us here at Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA on a regular basis. Give us a call so we can schedule your appointment at (432) 653-2320.
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