What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to both prevent tooth decay & even reverse it in the early stages. Fluoride acts by strengthening your enamel, which is the hard shiny outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer, more vulnerable dentin beneath. Fluoride can re-mineralize tiny micro-cavities before they have the chance to grow into larger cavities & cause problems.
Many communities add a small amount of fluoride to their water in order to help the local population strengthen their teeth. Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods as well, including pickles, grape juice, spinach & tomatoes. Fluoride is also an ingredient in most toothpastes & some mouthwashes.
We have said it before, but we think this is such important information it bears repeating: Everything you do affects your teeth – and their protective enamel. This is especially true when it comes to the choices we make with our food and drink. If you drink soda, sports drinks, or even juices, the acid in those drinks attacks and erodes enamel.
If you want to protect your family’s precious smiles, one way is to eliminate or reduce these types of beverages as well as sugary and sticky snacks. Another great way is to treat your teeth to regular fluoride treatments – we recommend treatments for both kids and adults at every visit.
Why? Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks, sugars in the mouth, and plaque bacteria. Some have called fluoride applications “tooth decay in reverse” because it helps redeposit minerals in areas where they have been lost.
And remember, fluoride treatments aren’t just for kids. Fluoride stops the progression of newly formed cavities in anyone who uses it, and adult root caries can be greatly reduced through these treatments.
We Offer Fluoride Treatments
At our office, we offer professional fluoride treatments for children, who are often at higher risk for cavities as their teeth grow & develop & they learn good oral hygiene habits. We recommend fluoride as a preventive treatment for children. Fluoride treatments are usually done at six-month cleaning appointments. Treatment involves the dentist applying varnish to your teeth using a gel, foam, or a rinse. We may also recommend fluoride treatments for adults who are at high risk of tooth decay.