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Everything you need to know about Fluoride Treatment

FLUORIDE: Tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of each tooth and fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in both systemic and topical forms. It is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk of developing dental caries, or cavities. Minerals in teeth are lost each day due to bacteria, sugars, and acids found in the mouth, but fluoride remineralizes enamel making it more resistant to plaque bacteria. Fluoride can also reverse early signs of tooth decay.

Fluoride Treatment

The following can increase the risk of cavities:

  • excessive drug or alcohol use

  • eating disorder

  • poor oral hygiene

  • lack of professional dental care

  • poor diet

  • dry mouth, or decreased saliva

  • weak enamel

Benefits of Fluoride:

Fluoride works by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It can also inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria and further prevent cavities.

Fluoride cannot remove decay but, while creating a stronger outer surface to your teeth, it can help stop the decay from penetrating into the deeper parts of teeth.

Fluoride benefits both children and adults. The earlier children are exposed to fluoride, the less likely they are to develop cavities. A large study found that children and adolescents who received fluoride treatments for one year were 43 percent less likely to have tooth decay and cavities.

Optimal fluoride intake comes from food, water, and supplements:

  • tea

  • water

  • food cooked in water

  • fish eaten with their bones

  • infant formula

Oral health greatly affects other bodily functions and overall health. To take good care of your mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.

  • Floss once per day.

  • Avoid sugary snacks and beverages.

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Visit a board-certified dentist at least once per year.

Fluoride restores minerals to tooth enamel and prevents harmful bacteria from building up in the mouth. To know more about Fluoride Treatment visit and schedule an appointment with our dental experts.


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