Our tooth enamel is composed of many minerals and fluoride is one of them. These minerals are lost and are deposited back to the teeth through the demineralization and remineralization process. However, when the acid from the food we eat gets too much for the enamel to deal with, tooth decay occurs.
Fluoride is crucial as it makes the enamel stronger. It helps our teeth resist acid attacks. According to the American Dental Association, the presence of fluoride on developing teeth also makes it harder for acids to invade tooth surfaces.
Where Does Fluoride Come From
Water and food are natural sources of fluoride. Some toothpastes and mouth rinses also contain fluoride. Fluoride content in these over-the-counter products are low. Products with stronger fluoride concentrations, meanwhile, are available at the dental office.
Fluoride can come in varnishes and foams or gels. Usually, foams and gels are applied on custom mouth guards. Varnishes, meanwhile, are applied directly on the teeth. Central Dental Family can apply fluoride on your teeth.
Who Needs Fluoride Treatment?
- Patients with increased risk of developing tooth decay. If you are experiencing dry mouth, you need fluoride more than ever. Without adequate saliva flow, remineralization becomes harder for the teeth. Our mouth needs help flushing down food debris, which is what saliva does.
- Those with gum disease. When the gums weaken, you become more vulnerable to tooth decay. You need fluoride as extra protection. Committing to regular dental hygiene routine is also important.
- Those with dental appliances.Teeth areas covered by dental appliances such as bridges and orthodontic braces are at higher risk of picking up tooth decay.
Are Fluoride Treatments Safe?
Fluoride treatments are safe. But they need to be done with the supervision of dental professionals.
When teeth are exposed to too much fluoride, this can lead to the enamel obtaining white streaks. This condition is called fluorosis and can affect kids ages 6 and below. Note that toothpaste and mouthwash have very low fluoride content. Hence, it’s difficult to obtain hazardous levels of fluoride from these over-the-counter products.
But in case you have products at home with high fluoride content, please make sure to keep them away from your little ones. Also, remember that a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is enough for kids. A grain-sized amount will do for kids that can’t brush on their own.
Fluoride, as a mineral, is necessary in keeping our teeth strong however, it has to be taken according to the advice of your dentist. If you have more questions about getting fluoride treatments, please let us know. Better yet, book for a free initial consultation today. Let’s talk about any dental care concerns you may have.