Whether you’re a parent who wants to optimize their own oral health or their child’s, fluoride treatment can help by strengthening the outer, protective layer of pearly whites called the enamel. Plus, because the procedure is pain-free and fast, you won’t have to worry about sitting in the treatment chair for too long. Patients who are at a higher risk of developing cavities can benefit immensely from this preventive solution. During your next checkup and cleaning with your dentist, don’t hesitate to ask our friendly team if you’d be a good candidate for fluoride treatment.
Before your teeth erupt through your gums as a child, your body utilizes the fluoride you consume through food and beverages to form the outer layer of your tooth called the enamel. It’s known as the hardest mineral substance found in your entire body that’s even stronger than bone, and its purpose is to protect the vulnerable inner portion of your teeth from tooth decay and infection.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be applied in many forms to help rebuild eroded enamel or enamel that didn’t form all the way. Some of these mediums include by applying it directly to the teeth, or using dietary supplements, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and adding it to tap water.
Fluoride helps restore lost minerals in your teeth that have been damaged by acid produced by harmful oral bacteria. By doing this, it can keep cavities from developing and bacteria from injecting the inside of your tooth, causing intense pain. Even though fluoride can’t remove or cure decay, it can keep it from spreading and damaging your teeth even more.
Fluoride treatments can benefit both children and adults, even though they’re often recommended for younger patients whose teeth are more vulnerable to cavities and decay. That’s why the American Dental Association as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend having small amounts of fluoride present in drinking water supplies.
At Lawrence Square Dental, we take pride in caring for generations of families at a time. When you bring your loved ones in for their routine checkups and cleanings, we’ll let you know whether they can benefit from fluoride treatments. We often recommend them for children because they’re most susceptible to cavity development. However, that doesn’t mean that patients of all ages can’t benefit from it as well. People who are at an increased risk of tooth cavities can benefit the most, including patients who have:
If you’re curious about whether fluoride could help strengthen your teeth and protect you from pesky oral health problems, ask us during your next appointment!