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When you eat food, sugar, and carbs specifically, there are some naturally found bacteria in your mouth that help break down that food to make it easier to swallow and digest.
However, in that same process, the food also releases certain acids that wear away the minerals in your tooth enamel. This is called demineralization and basically weakens your teeth and leaves them exposed to various diseases.
So, then, how do you strengthen your teeth and bring back those minerals? Through fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in our teeth and is an excellent agent to help fight tooth decay. That’s why many dentists offer services like fluoride treatment to strengthen the teeth and fight any cavities.
What is a Fluoride Treatment?
Since fluoride is so beneficial for the teeth, it is present in most kinds of toothpaste, mouth rinses, and other similar over the counter oral products. Fluoride treatments, on the other hand, feature a much higher concentration of fluoride for a more targeted and powerful oral treatment.
These are usually strictly a professional treatment where the dentist will apply the fluoride paste to your teeth to improve their overall health and reduce the chances of cavities. The fluoride paste can be in the form of a gel, varnish, foam, or solution
Sometimes, a dentist may prescribe you an at-home fluoride treatment, but that also needs to be done on your dentist’s instructions only.
Sometimes, a simple dental cleaning is not enough. Sometimes, you might need a fluoride treatment instead. Here are a few reasons why.
Fluoride helps restore important minerals to the tooth’s surface to strengthen the enamel, especially where bacteria may have worn away the surface before, and increase its resistance against cavities and other harmful acids. Moreover, it also naturally inhibits the growth of certain bacteria that can be harmful to the mouth and thereby further prevents cavities.
While fluoride treatments can not entirely get rid of existing tooth decay, they can help stop it from spreading and preventing more tooth decay. As it restores minerals to the teeth and makes the surface strong, it stops the decay from penetrating further into the teeth or roots.
This is why it is so important to incorporate fluoride in your oral hygiene routine as early as possible. It saves you from many dental problems down the road. It strengthens your teeth surface for life and makes you less prone to cavities.
While fluoride treatments are not dangerous or risky as such, they can sometimes have some side effects if a person uses too much fluoride. This usually happens among younger children if their toothpaste also contains fluoride, and they ingest fluoride through other sources as well. Common side effects include tooth discoloration and white specks on mature teeth.
Schedule an appointment with us at HomeTown Dental at Belknap for a dental exam to see if you could benefit from a fluoride treatment or other potential procedures.