Fluoride treatment is most frequently associated with treating the vulnerable teeth of young kids. The fact of the matter is that fluoride is valuable for kids, adolescents, and adults alike. There is plenty of research to indicate that fluoride plays a big role in fighting tooth decay as we age as adults. It’s ability to strengthen and protect teeth is one that is equally valuable to you and your kids. Here at Lisa Gitelson, DMD and David Wilson, DMD we take the continued health of your teeth seriously, which is why we offer fluoride treatments to all patients.
What is Fluoride?Interestingly, fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is frequently found in water supplies and different varieties of foods. It does a great job in strengthening the enamel on your teeth which makes them more resistant to damaging forces like acids, sugars, and the bacteria that causes tooth decay. As you drink water or eat foods that have fluoride in them it gets deposited on the enamel of your teeth.
The Importance of Bolstering Your EnamelEnamel is the one true defense that our teeth have against the dangers of decay and trauma. Enamel is the white, hard substance that makes up the outer most portion of our teeth. Enamel isn’t just hard, it’s really hard! It has to be really hard because it has to protect our teeth and last us our whole life. Think about that for a minute, our teeth take more beating than any other part of our body, and has to do so for 80 plus years – that’s a tall order.
One way to protect your enamel is to keep your teeth clean and free of the things that eat enamel. Things like sugars, acids, and plaque make it their job to eat away at our enamel, which is why we must concentrate so hard on taking good care of our teeth with brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing doesn’t do anything but remove harmful bacteria from our teeth – this is where fluoride comes in. Fluoride actually adds strength value to the enamel of your teeth. It’s like having an extra shield against tooth decay.
Fluoride TreatmentsWe offer professional fluoride treatments at our office. This process involves applying fluoride directly to the teeth in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam. If you need a fluoride treatment, just let us know during any normal appointment and we can usually fit it in same-day. Treatments only take a couple minutes from start to finish and provide you with tremendous benefit for a long time.
People Most at Risk for Fluoride DeficiencyIf your house is on well water there is no fluoride added to your water like most cities offer in their water supply. Some people who have certain bone deficiencies can suffer from having too little enamel to protect their teeth. If you are worried that your teeth are at risk, this procedure is inexpensive and extremely valuable.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today at (503) 985-8945.