Your enamel weakens over time from everyday wear and tear and excess sugars and acids in your diet. When your enamel loses its mineralization, your tooth is vulnerable to cavities and infection. Fluoride treatments are a great way for anyone seeking to protect their smile to give their enamel an extra boost of the necessary mineral it needs to stay strong. If you would like to learn more about how fluoride treatments can help you smile, or if you’re ready to make an appointment, give Paris Mountain Dental a call today!
Is Fluoride Safe?
Yes! Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks that is released into the air, soil, and water. Scientists have rigorously tested fluoride over the years and found it extremely effective in protecting and preventing tooth decay in humans. Like any thing in nature, it is possible to have too much fluoride. However, it’s extremely difficult to take in too much fluoride from common oral care items and tap water when used correctly.
Types Of Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride can be administered in several ways. Foams, brush-on varnish, and fluoride gel treatments are some of the common application methods. While fluoride varnishes are found to be the most effective, gels and foams offer superior protection compared to no fluoride treatment at all.
Why Would I Need A Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments aren’t just for kids. When administered early in the development of a cavity, fluoride treatments can remineralize the enamel and reverse the damage. Further, if you’re at an elevated risk for cavities, fluoride treatments can offer you much-needed protection.