Fluoride is one of the most effective ways to combat and to help prevent tooth decay. It is a natural mineral found in varying amounts in almost all foods and water. The benefits of fluoride treatment have been well known for years and are supported by many health and professional dental organizations.
Fluoride Treatment Works In 2 Ways
Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to tooth decay. We get some amount of topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouthwash and gels. Southeast Smiles Family Dentistry recommends that children and adults have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We get some systemic fluoride naturally from most foods and water. Systemic fluoride also comes as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by Dr. Panchal.
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Dr. Panchal may recommend the use of home or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
- Deep Pits And Fissures On The Chewing Surfaces Of Teeth
- Exposed And Sensitive Root Surfaces
- Poor To Fair Oral Hygeine Habits
- Frequent Sugar And Carbohydrate Intake
- Inadequate Exposure To Fluoride
- Inadequate Saliva Flow Due To Medical Conditions, 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 and visit Southeast Smiles for regular dental exams and treatment.
Southeast Smiles Family Dentist