Kids often wonder what the purpose of the sticky stuff is that we brush on their teeth. It’s fun to get them to imagine a little warrior army going to battle against little sugar bugs for the health of their teeth. That, in essence, is what fluoride treatment does. It works to strengthen enamel and protect the teeth from cavities caused by plaque and harmful acids.
What is Flouride?
We know that good oral hygiene consists of brushing teeth 2 to 3 times a day and flossing. Flouride though is sometimes overlooked. Fluoride is a key aspect of good oral health. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in soil, rock, and water which helps provide protection from cavities and can aid in repair of teeth in the microscopic beginning of decay.
A common misunderstanding that we hear often is that fluoride treatments are just for kids. That is not the case! Fluoride treatments should be given regularly to anyone with a high risk for cavities, patients with special needs, elderly patients, or people with sensitive teeth.
Benefits of Flouride
When fluoride is used topically and systemically you will see the best results in the reduction of dental cavities. Prescription strength fluoride can be applied directly to tooth enamel at the dentist office during your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments. It’s best to avoid eating and drinking for a full hour after application so if you are bringing your child be sure they have eaten prior to their appointments.
Adding fluoride to you or your child’s daily routine by using mouthwash, toothpaste at home can also help in the fight against tooth decay. You can also get the benefits from fluoride with consumption of specific products! You can consume fluoride systemically by use of dietary supplements and fluoridated water. Be sure to visit with your dentist to see what products would be best for you and your family.
Fluoride treatments can dramatically decrease the amount of money you spend on dental care in your lifetime. If you, your parent or your child is someone who should be receiving regular fluoride treatments and you are not, give your cosmetic dentist office a call today!
If you don’t have a Middlesex NJ dentist we would love to help you with all your oral health needs. Give us a call and we will help you on your way to a healthier happier smile.