Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is crucial for the health of your teeth. It can strengthen your teeth and protect them from tooth decay. Your teeth tend to lose fluoride because of exposure to harmful substances, such as sugar and acids in food and drinks. To help balance this, it is important to increase your fluoride intake. At Postle Dental Group, we recommend fluoride treatments as a form of preventative dentistry. These treatments help to replenish your fluoride concentration to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatments
If your child is exposed to fluoride at an early age, they are less likely to develop cavities. While fluoride does not remove existing decay from your teeth, it does help to strengthen the outside and prevents bacteria from getting into the deeper part of the tooth. Fluoride can also help restore the surface of your teeth where the enamel is worn or damaged, stop harmful bacteria from growing, and prevent cavities from developing.
What to Expect from Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments are simple and painless. The process only takes a couple of minutes in total to complete. Most fluoride treatments are done in the form of varnish and are applied directly to your teeth. After the fluoride varnish is applied, you are able to eat and drink right away.
Frequency of Fluoride Treatments
How often you need to return for fluoride treatments depends on the status of your oral health. Generally, we recommend that you receive a fluoride treatment every time you get your bi-annual teeth cleaning. If you are at a higher risk for cavities and tooth decay, we may recommend that you see us more often for additional treatments.
Candidates for Fluoride Treatments
We believe that both children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatments as it is a great preventative tool. To keep your teeth strong and cavity-free, you should consider regular fluoride treatments. These treatments are a great way to restore the fluoride in your teeth and keep them healthy. If you want to learn more about fluoride treatments, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!