Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, which has been long known for its advantages to people’s dental health. Tooth decay is a problem faced by both children and adults. The administration of fluoride in an appropriate dosage can help in the prevention of tooth decay and can even reverse cavities in early stages.
How does fluoride work on your teeth?
The outermost layer of our teeth, called the enamel, is constantly attacked by the acids produced by oral bacteria while converting sugars present in the food we consume.These bacteria accumulate in plaque and feed on the sugars that are not cleaned off from the mouth. The acid thus produced erodes the enamel, leading to cavities. Fluoride works on our teeth in two ways:
- In teeth that are developing, fluoride becomes a part of the crystalline structure, hardening the enamel and making it more resistant to acid attack.
- In developed teeth, fluoride works to remineralize the enamel and restore its strength.
Most people get their recommended dose of fluoride from their local water supply and the food they eat. For those whose fluoride intake is less than the recommended amount, we offer professional fluoride application treatments. These are a safe and effective way of administering fluoride under the expert supervision of our professional staff. A professional strength solution of fluoride is applied to the teeth in the form of a gel or varnish and is allowed to stay for a few minutes. The solution is rinsed off after this and the patient is advised not to eat or drink anything for about an hour to help the fluoride get absorbed into the enamel effectively.
For more information about how fluoride can be beneficial for your teeth, what is the appropriate amount of fluoride that should be administered to children and adults, and the safest way to intake topical fluoride, please contact our office for a consultation. You can call us at (847) 469-4340.