Typically, when people think about fluoride, they think about treatments given to children at each dental visit. People know this helps their developing teeth become strong and offers a barrier of protection against attacks from bacteria and acid from the foods you eat. However, people do not often think about fluoride for adults. Yet, to maintain healthy natural teeth for a lifetime, it is just as important after teeth have developed as it is in childhood. Fluoride is easily found in many places, including foods, tap water, toothpaste and mouth rinse. While it is fairly easy to incorporate fluoride, you can lose it as well. As you age, mouth acids and bacteria erode tooth enamel and put our teeth at risk for decay. Cavities are often painful and can lead to more serious problems such as root canals or infections. We will evaluate your dental history and determine together if extra fluoride will benefit you. Springhurst Hills Dentistry may recommend fluoride treatments for patients with receding gums, extensive tooth decay, or sensitive teeth. There are two primary ways that a fluoride treatment can improve your oral health: Preventative Bacteria causes a buildup of acid that softens tooth enamel and leads to decay. An application of concentrated fluoride provides a buffer that can halt the decay process. Rebuild and Repair If caught early, studies have shown that fluoride can re-mineralize teeth that are beginning to erode. In some cases, a complete reversal is possible. At Springhurst Hills Dentistry, we offer comprehensive preventative dentistry services, including quick and easy fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth and keep cavities from developing. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Our goal is to help you achieve a confident, healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your next visit.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry