Can Fluoride Help Adults?
Fluoride treatments not only benefit children but can also help adults keep tooth decay at bay. When applied to the tooth enamel, fluoride helps prevent cavities, reducing the need for future dental treatments. At May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, we believe in prevention rather than treating dental disease after it develops. We are all about maintaining healthy, cavity-free smiles!
What Is Fluoride and How Does It Help?
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in some foods and the water supply. It strengthens the tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to acid attacks. But how does it work? First, let’s examine your tooth enamel. The outer covering of your teeth is stronger than bone and is made primarily of calcium and phosphate. Your saliva is also very rich in calcium and phosphate, which helps keep your teeth healthy.
When you eat sugary or starchy treats, cavity-causing bacteria feast and produce acids that attack your tooth enamel. That strips the calcium and phosphate from the tooth enamel in a process called demineralization, which leaves you more susceptible to developing decay and cavities. While saliva works to disrupt the acid attacks by re-mineralizing your teeth or adding back calcium and phosphate, fluoride can provide much-needed help. Once in your enamel, the powerful mineral, combined with the calcium and phosphate, creates a robust defense system to strengthen your teeth. Fluoride not only prevents tooth decay, but it also reverses it in its early stages, along with any erosion or demineralization that has already taken place.
Are You a Candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
All children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatments. However, certain conditions make the procedure a necessary component of preventative dental care. We recommend regular in-office fluoride treatments for patients who do not get sufficient fluoride in their diets, those with poor oral hygiene practices, smokers, and patients with an elevated risk of tooth decay due to gum disease or dry mouth (xerostomia). If you have crowns, bridges, or braces, you should also consider fluoride treatments.
What Should You Expect?
Fluoride treatments are quick and painless. Generally, we place fluoride against your teeth for several minutes after your routine dental cleaning. You’ll need to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking for at least 30 minutes following treatment.
Quality Preventative Dentistry in Valencia, CA., Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about fluoride treatments for clean and healthy smiles. We are proud to offer outstanding preventative services designed to safeguard your oral health. Call us and schedule your appointment today at 661-505-2926.
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