If you or your child require fluoride treatment, we can provide it for you as part of your routine visit.
Why Do You Need Fluoride Treatments?
To understand this fully, you need to first realize what bacteria can do inside your mouth. Your mouth is full of bacteria, and these feed on the sugar that settles on your teeth when you eat. As these bacteria feed, they produce a type of acid that damages the enamel of your teeth. This is what causes tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments can disrupt the acid attacks, and it’s even possible for the treatments to reverse the damage. Young children require fluoride treatments so that their permanent teeth can be more resistant to the damage caused by the bacteria acid. The fluoride can help both adults and children when the treatment disrupts the acid attacks. These treatments also help your teeth get the calcium, phosphate, and fluoride they need to remain strong.
Do You Need Fluoride Treatments?
Yes, you do. Even if your toothpaste and your mouthwash contain fluoride, they don’t compare with the concentration of fluoride that’s contained in the fluoride treatments we offer.
You especially need fluoride treatments if any of the following situations apply to you:
- You’re especially fond of sugary food items and snacks.
- Your teeth contain numerous grooves that allow the bacteria to get inside your teeth.
- You’ve had dental crowns, bridges, and braces put in. The points of contact for these devices are especially vulnerable to tooth decay.
- Your gums are recessed, or you have gum disease. These conditions leave more of your teeth exposed to the bacteria in your mouth.
- You have a long history of tooth decay, meaning you generally have a cavity that needs filling every two years.
- You have dry mouth. This can be caused by an underlying health condition, or it can be a side effect of the medications you’re taking. Either way, you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth to help neutralize the acids on your teeth.
It’s important that you receive fluoride treatments if you need them, and your children certainly do need them. At our dental practice, they’re a regular part of dental checkups.