Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping to prevent cavities, and it plays an important role in helping to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Professional (in-office) fluoride treatments make teeth stronger and even reverse damage from decay in the outer layers of enamel on the smooth surfaces of the teeth. Additional home fluoride treatments assist in this process. In the lifelong fight against cavities, Dr. Tauschek believes that both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and home fluorides.
The benefits of fluoride include:
● Strengthening teeth
● Remineralizing weakened areas on teeth
● Desensitizing teeth
● Expanding some antimicrobial effects
● Increasing salivary action
● Enhancing rate of natural remineralization
Q: How does fluoride help my teeth?
A: Research shows that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults by halting tooth decay. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Interestingly, many people continue to be misinformed about fluoride and fluoridation. Fluoride is a safe chemical component when used correctly. When your dentist applies fluoride to your teeth, usually in the form of a fluoride varnish, gel, or foam, that fluoride is more concentrated than the fluoride contained in toothpaste or mouthwash. The ADA recommends that dental professionals use professional strength, fluoride varnish, gel or foam products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal (gum) disease, regularly scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in management of disease progression.