Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.  The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Fluoride works in two ways:

Topical fluoride plays a crucial role in reinforcing teeth after they have erupted. By permeating the outer layer of tooth enamel, it enhances their resistance to decay. We acquire topical fluoride through the use of dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dental professionals commonly advise children to receive professional fluoride applications twice a year as part of their routine dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride not only strengthens erupted teeth but also aids in the development of teeth beneath the gums. We obtain systemic fluoride through the consumption of most foods and from community water supplies. Additionally, it can be taken in the form of drops or gels as a supplement, which may be prescribed by a dentist or physician. For infants, fluoride drops are typically recommended, while tablets are more suitable for children up to their teenage years. It is crucial to carefully monitor the amount of fluoride a child ingests. Excessive fluoride intake during tooth development can lead to a condition known as fluorosis, which manifests as white spots on the teeth.

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.  Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  • Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
  • Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
  • Recent history of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay!  It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

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