Oral health is absolutely critical for protecting your smile. While most people understand the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth, these are not the only methods for taking care of your oral health. Caring for your teeth with fluoride treatment is another very important part of a well-balanced oral care regimen.
What Is Fluoride And How Does It Work?
Many people believe that fluoride is a chemical added to oral care products. However, fluoride is actually a natural mineral found throughout nature. Some food and water supplies contain fluoride. In fact, fluoride is often added to drinking water supplies in order to help strengthen teeth and reduce decay.
Fluoride was discovered as a tooth-decay fighting agent as far back as the 1930s. The American Dental Association, the World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association have all endorsed the use of fluoride in water supplies because of its medicinal properties.
What Are The Benefits Of Fluoride?
Now that you know a little more about the origin of fluoride, you may be wondering why it is considered beneficial.
Fluoride protects teeth in several ways. For one, fluoride is important for the development of children’s teeth. When kids eat or drink small doses of fluoride, it enters the bloodstream and aids the development of their permanent teeth. For adults, fluoride helps strengthen teeth from the outside in. Fluoride helps control and protect against the bacteria that feeds on sugar and carbohydrates in your mouth that weakens tooth enamel. This protects your teeth from excessive acid, strengthening tooth enamel.
Of course, stronger tooth enamel means fewer cavities and less tooth sensitivity.
Is Fluoride Safe?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to fluoride treatments. Fluoride is safe and effective when used properly and in appropriate doses. However, like anything else, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
The biggest concern when it comes to fluoride is the risk for children. Dental fluorosis is a condition that kids can develop if they’re exposed to excessive fluoride for an extended period of time. This is why it’s important for parents to monitor when and how often their children brush their teeth if using fluoride-based toothpaste.
With that said, when consumed properly, fluoride is perfectly safe and even extremely beneficial for oral health.
What Happens During A Fluoride Treatment?
Dentists provide professional fluoride treatments in the form of a highly concentrated rinse, foam, or gel. The fluoride treatment is often applied by a swab, brush, or tray. The fluoride treatments you receive in a dentists’ office contain much more fluoride than what is in your everyday water or toothpaste.
Fluoride treatments are incredibly simple. In fact, they only take a few minutes to apply. As already mentioned, the goal of these fluoride treatments is to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria and acid buildup. Fluoride treatments can be especially beneficial if you are prone to develop cavities.
Get Your Questions Answered
If you are interested in fluoride treatments or want to know more about the benefits of this process, ask a team of skilled professionals. At East Center Dental, our staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help. Don’t be afraid to ask—we’re here to help you!