For over half a century, the benefits that fluoride provide have been accepted without question. In fact, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion supports water fluoridation which has ultimately reduced levels of tooth decay by about 25% in children and adults.
If you’re not sure what fluoride is or how your dentist can offer an additional fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth, take a look at this helpful blog. If you’re a high-risk dental patient or have children, fluoride treatments can benefit you!
Fluoride: a Shield for Your Teeth
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. This is one of the many minerals that work to protect teeth from tooth decay and strengthens the protective layer of your smile (tooth enamel).
Fluoride Both Prevents and Repairs Tooth Decay
Bad dental bacteria that can be found in plaque and dental debris eventually produces acids. These are harmful to your smile because they attack your tooth’s enamel, causing it to weaken over time. Before you know it, your smile will be susceptible to developing cavities. Luckily, where plaque and acid break down enamel, fluoride builds it back up!
Fluoride also helps repair tooth decay in its initial stages by building up the tooth’s protective layer in a process called remineralization. This cavity-fighting mineral even reduces the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid from the very beginning!
Fluoride Comes in a Variety of Forms
Fluoride can be directly applied to the teeth several ways. Patients can increase their fluoride intake by even using a special fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.
Your dentist also offers fluoride treatments that are directly applied to your teeth called topical fluoride treatments. Getting a fluoride treatment periodically by your dentist is important because it contains a higher concentration of fluoride than over the counter products.
Fluoride Intake Is Important at All Ages
All patients can benefit from fluoride treatments: toddlers, adolescents, and adults alike. We especially recommend if your child is between six months and 16 years old to decrease their chances of developing tooth decay or cavities.
Ask your dentist about if you or your loved ones may need fluoride treatments during your next dental visit.
Do you still have questions about how you can prevent yourself and loved ones from developing cavities? If you want to learn more about fluoride, reach out to your dentist for assistance.
About the Doctor
Dr. Johnny Taylor has more than 30 years of dental experience. His genuine passion for helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles helps keep patients of all ages free of dental problems. If you’re looking for a well-rounded preventive dentist, Dr. Taylor can help you create and maintain beautiful smiles. Simply call our Woodlands office to schedule an appointment.