Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth and prevent issues like decay and cavities.
If you would like to prevent tooth decay and ensure that your teeth remain healthy in the long term, you might consider a fluoride treatment. A naturally-occurring mineral, fluoride helps to strengthen the outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel. By keeping the enamel healthy, fluoride helps to fight off bacteria and prevent issues like dental erosion, tooth decay and cavities.
So, what does a fluoride treatment involve? And what exactly are its benefits?
What does a fluoride treatment involve?
There are a number of ways in which fluoride can be applied to the teeth. Some of the most common forms of the treatment include foam, varnish or gel. Fluoride can be applied with the help of a special mouth tray, or by means of a brush, swab or mouthwash. Before you go ahead with your treatment, your dentist will let you know how they will be performing the procedure.
The treatment itself contains a higher level of fluoride than what can be found in your water supply and the toothpaste that you use. The process is quick and easy and usually takes just a few minutes to complete. It is also completely painless. Your dentist may recommend that you have a fluoride treatment every six or 12 months, depending on your particular needs and how prone to cavities you are.
What are the benefits?
Fluoride can go a long way in keeping the teeth strong and healthy. It works by restoring minerals to the teeth where bacteria may have eroded areas of the enamel. It can also minimise the growth of certain bacteria and reduce one’s risk of tooth decay. By strengthening the enamel, fluoride can help to prevent any existing decay from reaching into the deeper layers of the teeth.
Fluoride can be beneficial for both adults and children. The sooner children have access to fluoride, the lower their risk of developing cavities. It is important to know, however, that children under the age of three need very little fluoride and should always be supervised when brushing their teeth. Many toothpastes formulated especially for children do not contain fluoride because too much of the mineral can cause problems in developing bones and teeth. It’s a good idea to speak to your dentist about your family’s needs and the recommended intake for your children.
Where else can you get fluoride?
Besides seeing your dentist for regular fluoride treatments, you can also get fluoride from the water that you drink, as well as in certain foods and dietary supplements. Ideally, you should also use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Some of the sources of dietary fluoride include tea, infant formula and fish eaten with their bones. Most tap water supplies contain fluoride, but if you drink purified water, you might consider taking a supplement instead of seeing your dentist for more regular topical treatments.
How can we help?
At Armidale Dental Care, we offer a range of preventative dentistry services, including fluoride treatments. If you are interested in coming in for a fluoride treatment or would like to find out more about how it works, we encourage you to arrange a consultation. Often, we provide fluoride treatments after a routine check-up and clean as the process is quick and easy.
Our other preventative dentistry services include check-ups and cleans, which include a check of your facial muscles, throat and tongue; and fissure sealants. We also offer a number of restorative and cosmetic procedures.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our practice in Armidale.