Fluoride treatments help to prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Typically, fluoride treatments are recommended for children after their permanent teeth have erupted in order to strengthen the enamel. Topical fluoride treatments are administered by applying the fluoride directly to the surface of the teeth using foam trays or gels.
Importance of Fluoride in Cavity Prevention
Fluoride treatments work to strengthen the tooth’s enamel and make it less prone to decay by hardening the outer layers of the teeth and making the cavity-causing bacteria less able to penetrate the enamel. Additionally, fluoride can even reverse early signs of tooth decay when applied topically to the surface of the tooth.
Fluoride treatments can be especially helpful for patients who struggle with oral hygiene because their effects last for several months. Dentists can also prescribe at-home fluoride treatments to patients or recommend professionally-formulated toothpaste and mouth rinses that also deliver the benefits of fluoride without the need to visit the dentist’s office.
How Does Fluoride Work?
Fluoride helps to rebuild and strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. It actively works to repair the teeth. Fluoride treatments can benefit patients of all ages, from young children to adults.
Some dentists offer special “restorative” fluoride treatments to patients who have developed more widespread cavities due to neglect or bad habits in the past. These treatments are especially helpful for patients who struggle with frequent dry mouth, a condition that causes a lack of saliva in the mouth.
Saliva acts as a defensive barrier between the teeth and harmful acids in the food or drinks that we consume every day. Without enough saliva, our teeth are much more vulnerable on a daily basis. Our dentist may recommend additional fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent further damage to the teeth.
Who Should Get Fluoride Treatments?
You could benefit from professional fluoride treatment if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Dry, brittle teeth that crack or break easily
- Discolored enamel with brown spots or streaks
- Gums that are swollen, red, and bleed easily
- Sensitive teeth that hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperatures
The treatment can be administered quickly and comfortably and only takes one visit to complete.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Christopherson Family Dentistry, call (715) 344-9684 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit Dentist in Stevens Point, WI at 2901 Church St, Stevens Point, WI 54481.