Fluoride is one of the most effective agents that helps in the prevention of cavities and tooth decay. The mineral is naturally present in drinking water and some foods. The benefits of fluoride for dental health have been known to man for well over fifty years.
When oral bacteria break down the food we eat, acid is produced. These acids can break down the enamel, making it more prone to cavities. Fluoride helps in re-mineralizing and repairing the enamel. It works in the following ways during and after the eruption of one’s teeth:
- When the teeth are developing and some of them have erupted, systemic fluoride obtained from food, water or other supplements such as gels or tablets can help in building a strong enamel that is resistant to decay.
- Once the teeth have fully erupted, topical fluoride treatments can be used to strengthen the enamel. The fluoride administered seeps into the enamel, making it stronger and even repairing decay in early stages.
We may recommend professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
- Recent history of dental decay
- Inadequate exposure to systemic fluoride
- Sensitive or exposed root surfaces
- Deep fissures and pits on the chewing surfaces of teeth
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Inadequate saliva flow due to medical treatments, medical conditions, or medications
- Frequent carbohydrate and sugar intake
It is important to understand that fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. One must brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, avoid sugary snacks, and visit our dental office on a regular basis.
If you wish to protect your teeth against cavities and decay, consider getting a fluoride treatment at the office of Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates LLC. To know more about the benefits of topical fluoride application for your teeth, please call us at 610-601-5547.