Just a small amount of fluoride can help prevent cavities and even assist in repairing teeth that are at the very earliest stages of decay. While most people get fluoride in the water, most parts of Utah do not have fluoride in the water. In office or prescription fluoride can help prevent problem with your oral health.
How does fluoride help my teeth?
When you are born and your teeth have not yet emerged, fluoride from water, food, and supplements, strengthens your tooth enamel. This, in turn, makes it easier for your teeth to fight off decay. This is a systemic benefit of fluoride.
Once your teeth have emerged, fluoride helps remineralize tooth enamel that has weakened the tooth, to some degree it can reverse damage done to teeth. Dr. Young’s conservative approach will often include fluoride help those that have a high risk of tooth decay. Ask Dr. Young if fluoride can help you.
Why should I get a professional fluoride treatment?
A professional fluoride treatment is a great way to help combat cavities. Some people are more susceptible to cavities and could really benefit from professional fluoride treatments. Cavities may be more common due to:
Particular composition of teeth
Over consumption of alcohol
Bad oral hygiene
Not going to the dentist regularly
High levels of cavity-causing bacteria
Head and neck radiation therapy
Tooth roots exposed
Defects of tooth enamel
In the office, a foam, gel, solution, or varnish is applied directly to your teeth. This coat strengthens the teeth and protects them from further decay.
How do I take care of my teeth after a professional fluoride treatment?
Even though a professional fluoride treatment helps protect your teeth from decay, you should continue to brush and floss as normal. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. Using products that have the ADA Seal are favored since they meet the ADA’s effectiveness and safety criteria.