Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens teeth and protects them from decay. It has been an essential mineral to support good oral health for decades. Fluoride protects tooth enamel and neutralizes microorganisms that cause tooth decay. Fluoride is especially beneficial if you have a high risk of developing cavities.
The human body receives fluoride through the mouthwashes and toothpaste we use to brush our teeth. When the amount of minerals in the body is insufficient, the teeth become weak and prone to harmful bacteria. This significantly raises the chances of developing cavities, hence putting your oral health in danger. It is recommended that you get fluoride treatment every 6 or 12 months, depending on your oral health.
Can Your Teeth Lose Fluoride?
Even if you or your child obtains an acceptable amount of fluoride, the teeth may develop a shortage of the mineral. This is due to a process known as demineralization, in which fluoride and calcium have washed away from the teeth' porous structure. It occurs when people consume a high amount of acidic meals and beverages. Demineralization can also occur when plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth feed on the food particles and release acids in the mouth.
Fluoride For Children
Children are most prone to developing cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can inhibit or prevent the formation of cavities. When a child's first tooth develops, fluoride toothpaste should be used twice a day until they reach the age of three. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after your child has reached the age of three.
What is Fluoride Treatment?
If your teeth are too weak and vulnerable to cavities, the dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. It is a treatment that is used to increase the fluoride content in the teeth as a preventive measure.
We give fluoride treatments in the form of a highly concentrated gel, foam, rinse, or varnish. A swab, brush, tray, or mouthwash will be used to apply the gel. There is far more fluoride in this treatment than in your mouthwash or toothpaste. It takes a few minutes to apply. To allow the fluoride to absorb fully, you may be requested to refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
- Getting fluoride treatment can help prevent cavities by inhibiting the growth of dangerous oral microbes.
- The procedure is relatively simple and safe.
- Fluoride treatment is safe for both children and adults.
- It lessens the likelihood of teeth demineralization.
- Fluoride treatment strengthens the outer surface of your teeth, which helps to prevent decay from spreading deeper into the teeth.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Anaheim Hills, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist. Please call us at (714) 974-0949 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.