We treat patients of all ages and as a general dentist we often get questions about fluoride from patients that don’t understand what it is or why they need it. Fluoride treatments are especially common in children, though they can also benefit teens and adults. Fluoride can be contained in your water and toothpaste but often in too small of quantities.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that can help strengthen tooth enamel. When it comes in contact with your teeth it will help to protect them from the impact of acid and plaque, two things that can lead to tooth decay. Consistent fluoride use improves your overall oral health, making it important for children to receive it a part of their dental treatments.
Why is fluoride important?
Your teeth naturally lose minerals. This process is called demineralization. It is important to redeposit these missing minerals on your teeth through the process of remineralization. Eating certain foods like crunchy vegetables and nuts can help. Fluoride treatments are important because fluoride is a mineral. As a general dentist, we can directly apply the minerals to your teeth that are being lost. This process prevents tooth decay.
Are you sure we need fluoride?
The Center for Disease Control estimates that over half of teenagers suffer from tooth decay and that a lack of fluoride has contributed to this problem. If you want to give your children, and yourself, the best chance to avoid cavities fluoride should be included as part of your oral health routine. Studies have found that fluoride an even reverse early signs of tooth decay.
Where is fluoride found?
You can get a fluoride treatment at our general dentist office. It is also found in some public water supplies and toothpaste.
How is fluoride applied?
This is a simple and painless dental procedure. Fluoride is placed into a foam tray that is placed over the teeth at the dentist office. It is applied in a matter of minutes, making it fast and painless.
Who needs fluoride the most?
Children, ages 6 months to 16 years old should have regular fluoride treatments. Children over one year of age should also brush with a fluoride toothpaste. People with a history of gum disease should get ongoing treatments along with those that suffer from frequent cavities or dry mouth. Since fluoride can be included in your regular dental checkups, it is an easy way to protect your teeth.
Our family dentist office can help your family to maintain good oral health. Through the use of fluoride, regular teeth cleanings, and dental checkups we can help you to avoid cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. By focusing on prevention, you can avoid health complications and uncomfortable procedures. We can take care of all of our general dentist needs from our Lexington office. Call 859-269-1000 to schedule your office visit.