Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center offers fluoride treatment to patients. Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods and water, and helps protect teeth against the damaging effects of acids caused by bacteria and sugars that are found in the mouth. Throughout the day, when plaque forms on the teeth and sits on the enamel, the teeth lose minerals through the process of demineralization. Normally, the body counteracts demineralization by adding minerals to the teeth, including fluoride, calcium, and phosphate. In some cases, the degree of demineralization of the teeth is greater than the amount of minerals being replaced, which then causes tooth decay.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fluoride Treatments
Why are fluoride treatments recommended for children?
Between the ages of six months and 16 years, children’s teeth are still developing. As they develop, the teeth are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of plaque and bacteria. During these ages, children are still learning how to properly brush and floss their teeth, and fluoride can help keep the tooth structure strong and healthy.
How can patients ensure that their teeth have enough fluoride to maintain healthy enamel?
Fluoride toothpastes and good oral hygiene are two of the best defenses against harmful plaque and bacteria. Some mouth rinses contain fluoride. During these treatments, the dentist uses gels, pastes, and other applications that contain higher concentrations of fluoride. For at rick patients, the dentist may prescribe toothpaste that has higher levels of fluoride to help combat decay.
Are fluoride treatments recommended for adults?
Patient’s with gum disease, fillings, crowns, bridges, braces, certain medical conditions and dry mouth can benefit from fluoride treatments.