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What Is Fluoride Treatment?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Cornell Dental
Image of dental professional placing fluoride in a child's mouth. Fluoride treatment is essential for oral health and preventing dental problems. During this dental procedure, fluoride is applied to the teeth.

The Protective Power of Fluoride

Enamel, the outer layer of the teeth, is essential for preventing tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride enhances the resistance of the enamel to acid attacks from plaque bacteria, providing a robust defense mechanism for your teeth. Fluoride does not just stop at fortifying enamel. It also promotes remineralization. This process restores minerals to areas of enamel affected by demineralization, repairing early tooth decay. Regular fluoride treatments and good oral hygiene practices can significantly reduce the risk of developing dental problems.

Incorporating Fluoride into Your Oral Care Routine

Adding fluoride into your oral care routine is seamless. Most toothpaste and mouthwash products already contain fluoride. However, professional fluoride treatments at our dental office are recommended for an extra layer of protection. These treatments involve the application of a concentrated fluoride gel or varnish, ensuring a targeted and effective defense against tooth decay.

Who Can Benefit from Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride treatment is beneficial for individuals of all ages. While fluoride is particularly beneficial for the developing teeth of children, adults can also experience advantages in preventing decay. Dental professionals recommend regular fluoride treatments as part of a comprehensive oral care routine.

Fluoride Side Effects

Fluoride has been linked to fluorosis, a condition that causes teeth to become discolored. It frequently appears in children under six years old because of fluoride in well water. Fluorosis cannot be brushed away, but dentists can use special bleaching methods to fix it.

By making fluoride treatment a regular part of your dental care routine, you are investing in the longevity of your teeth and overall oral health. It is a proactive approach that goes beyond mere brushing and flossing, providing an added shield against the common adversaries of dental health. Contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment. Our dentist will happily explain how fluoride can benefit your oral health.
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