Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can help prevent cavities in both children and adults. This mineral strengthens the tooth enamel, making it more resistant. Some water sources already have enough natural fluoride, while other communities add it to the water. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that drinking fluoridated water reduces tooth decay by 25 percent. Many dental patients can benefit from fluoride treatments to assist in warding off cavities.
How does fluoride work?
Some patients are more prone to getting cavities due to weakened or thin tooth enamel. A fluoride treatment can protect various areas of the teeth from decay, as well as reduce sensitivity. It is applied topically to re-mineralize tooth enamel, strengthening and protecting the teeth.
Do I need a fluoride treatment?
Both children and adults can benefit from a fluoride treatments. Children with braces can find it difficult to maintain clean teeth, and a fluoride treatment is helpful. Adults may have recessed gums, a common situation. The exposed part of the tooth root is far more susceptible to decay, as the surface of the root is not protected by the tougher, harder enamel. A fluoride treatment applied to that area can be very important to maintaining dental health. Those who have had already had tooth restorations due to decay are at high risk of getting more cavities – and we want to help you slow or stop the process. Your dental health matters, and at A New Smile Dental Group, we want to help you avoid further dental problems and may recommend a fluoride treatment to specific areas for that purpose.
Fluoride Treatments for Toddlers and Children
One of the most effective ways to help your child avoid cavities is to ensure that they have fluoride treatments. This is one of the safest and most effective ways to help protect your child’s teeth from decay. When used in conjunction with dental sealants, the teeth are protected from the damage caused by acids from sugars and bacteria in the mouth. The magic of fluoride is that when applied topically it can even reverse early signs of decay in some patients.
Fluoride Treatments for Adults
Many adults gain a benefit from a fluoride treatment. Some of the situations that could lead us to advise our adult patients to have a fluoride treatment include:
- Areas of tooth erosion
- Damaged areas of teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Tooth root decay
- Dry mouth due to disease or medications
- Gum recession
- Deep pits or grooves in teeth
Fluoride Treatments: Part of Caring for Your Teeth
When you make an appointment for dental treatment at A New Smile Dental, we can answer all your questions and concerns about every aspect of your treatment, including fluoride treatments for you or your children. We may advise that you receive a fluoride treatment after your teeth cleaning, depending upon your overall dental health.