Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has proven effective in reducing the risk of dental cavities. It strengthens your teeth' enamel, making them more resistant to decay and cavities. At Lutke Dental, our dentist may recommend using a fluoride rinse or gel to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. If decay is already present, this mineral can reverse the cavity's effects and even help repair small areas of damage. Fluoride treatment is a dental procedure that involves the application of fluoride to the teeth to strengthen the tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay.
The Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
Strengthening Tooth Enamel
Fluoride helps remineralize and strengthen weakened tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
Preventing Tooth Decay
The application of fluoride helps inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause dental cavities and can slow down or reverse early-stage tooth decay.
Protecting Sensitive Teeth
Fluoride can help reduce tooth sensitivity by strengthening the enamel and blocking open dentinal tubules that transmit sensitivity signals.
Promoting Oral Health
Fluoride treatment is an essential component of preventive dental care, particularly for individuals at a higher risk of tooth decay, such as children, individuals with dry mouths, and those with a history of cavities.
Besides professional fluoride treatments, fluoridated toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water can contribute to maintaining optimal fluoride levels in the mouth. Following a proper oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing, is crucial for preventing tooth decay.
Is Fluoride Safe for Kids?
Yes, fluoride is safe for children. Dentists use topical fluoride treatments on children’s teeth to prevent future tooth decay. Children can receive professional fluoride treatment during routine cleanings and checkups at a dentist’s office.
Young children often struggle with tooth decay due to frequent exposure to sugary foods and beverages and poor oral hygiene habits. With fluoride treatments, kids can continue eating and drinking the things they love without risking their health.
In addition to receiving a professional fluoride treatment from a dentist, parents can also administer at-home topical fluoride applications for their children. These handy gels are safe and effective when used as directed and will help prevent cavities before they cause harm to a child’s smile.
Additionally, mouth rinses with an ADA-approved amount of fluoride are safe to use and can help prevent decay in children. Talk to your dentist about what fluoride treatments suit your child and how to incorporate them into your child’s daily oral health routine.
The primary purpose of fluoride treatment is to prevent tooth decay. To learn more about the benefits of fluoride dental, contact Lutke Dental at 5045 Lorimar Dr #110, Plano, TX 75093, or call (972) 378-4141.