Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in water and soil and is known to help the teeth fight decay and cavities. Fluoride can also be found in some food and beverages at different concentrations. It increases the protection of your teeth and makes them more resistant to bacteria and plaque in your teeth, as well as acid attacks. Fluoride promotes the restoration of minerals like calcium back into your teeth, which is vital in the repair of an early cavity before it begins to form a hole into your tooth.
There are two ways by which fluoride can be increased for better teeth protection.
- Topical fluoride – topical fluoride is applied directly to the teeth and can be found in toothpaste, and mouth rinses. These products contain safe and effective amount of fluoride to help your teeth fight tooth decay. These products though cannot be swallowed so they need to be rinsed from the mouth. There are also fluoride treatments that are performed by dental experts. These can be in a form of a gel, foams, varnish and are left on the teeth for a few minutes. If you are at a higher risk for cavities, your dentist may recommend or prescribe a specific fluoride product to be used daily at home.
- Systemic fluoride – systemic fluoride is consumed into the body through fluoridated water, food and beverages and some food supplement. Once the systemic fluoride is absorbed in your body, your blood will be distributing it to the rest of your body, then it will be deposited into a developing teeth. Your saliva also contains fluoride so it also provides protection for your teeth.
Who can have fluoride treatment?
- Fluoride is ideal for patients with spots on their teeth because these spots are indication of the deficiency with minerals and fluoride. To make the spots disappear, the right amount of fluoride should be distributed throughout the body.
- It can be prescribed to children with developing teeth because fluoride is best absorbed while the teeth is still developing. This will help children reduce their risk of tooth decay and increase their protection against bacterial attack.
- It is best for people who have a higher likelihood of developing dental caries. Fluoride is effective when it comes to increasing the strength and resistance of teeth against cavities.
- It is highly suggested for patients under orthodontic treatments. Orthodontic appliances make the teeth more prone to decay and cavities because cleaning is more difficult. You can increase your teeth’s protection by having a fluoride treatment.
For more information about fluoride treatments, please call our office for a consultation.