Our teeth naturally lose minerals daily just from regular use. We remineralize them from the intake of calcium, phosphate and fluoride in our foods and drinks. Today, fluoride has been added to our drinking water, to our toothpaste, and may even be found in some rinses. This addition is because studies have found that a healthy level of fluoride can make the difference in having healthy teeth. If we see that your teeth can benefit from additional assistance, we can help. At Lakewood Dental Arts, we can help restore those minerals more quickly through the application of a fluoride gel, rinse or varnish.
Research has shown that fluoride can both help prevent tooth decay and reverse early decay. Fluoride works by adding minerals to your teeth, making it more resistant to acidic attacks from bacteria that feeds on the sugars found in the plaque in our mouths. It also can rebuild areas on your teeth that have started to lose mineralization from those attacks.
In children, fluoride is important to their tooth development, helping them grow stronger permanent teeth. Having stronger teeth will make it more difficult for acids to demineralize their teeth. This can be especially important during your child’s developing phase, when they’re still learning to brush and floss regularly.
Fluoride Treatment Process
Fluoride treatment is a painless procedure. We will generally make the recommendation for a fluoride treatment following your dental cleaning and exam. We may use one of the following methods to apply fluoride, including:
Is Fluoride Safe?
The safety of fluoride has become an increasingly common question, especially as some organizations have fought to have fluoride removed from city drinking water. The answer to whether fluoride is safe, is yes, it’s safe when applied correctly. As with any medication, the intake of too much fluoride can have negative effects. Too much fluoride is problematic. Overexposure to fluoride can be harmful in small children. Today, many children’s toothpastes no longer include fluoride. Having your child’s fluoride applied in a controlled format can make a significant difference. We can help.