When plaque bacteria and sugars mix in your mouth and are allowed to sit on the surface of a tooth, they produce an acid-like byproduct that can erode the enamel layer causing a cavity. Fluoride is a mineral that bonds with the enamel layer of your teeth and make it much harder for these acid attacks and in some cases, fluoride can even reverse decay.
In children between the ages of 6 and 16, exposure to fluoride during dental checkups and toothpastes allows the fluoride to become incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making the tooth itself much more resistant to cavities. It is in this timeframe when fluoride is the most beneficial but that doesn't mean adults can't benefit from fluoride treatments. Adults will still benefit from the decay-fighting and tooth enamel-strengthening properties that fluoride has to offer.
Fluoride does not take the role of good daily oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing remain the best methods to keep cavities away and to keep your gums healthy. Fluoride should only be used as an additional defense against plaque bacteria throughout the day.
It is also important to note that there are certain conditions such as existing gum disease, dry mouth, genetics, etc. that naturally affect the speed and efficiency of harmful plaque bacteria and the acid attacks they deliver to your teeth. In these situations, it is best to come in to our office and be properly evaluated. The high-strength fluoride treatments we can provide in-office might just be your best bet to help prevent and even turn the tides on tooth decay. Call us at 925-672-0110 or use our website to request an appointment and learn about what fluoride treatments are best for you and how fluoride can help your specific situation.
Fluoride, a substance that's found naturally in water, plays an important role in healthy tooth development and cavity prevention.
Fluoride combats tooth decay in two ways:
1) It strengthens tooth enamel, a hard and shiny substance that protects the teeth, so that it can better resist the acid formed by plaque.
2) Fluoride allows teeth damaged by acid to repair, or re-mineralize, themselves.
Fluoride cannot repair cavities, but it can reverse low levels of tooth decay and thus prevent new cavities from forming.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that these fluoride supplements be given daily to children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. The dosage will change as your child grows. Only children living in non-fluoridated areas or children who drink only non-fluoridated bottled water should receive supplements.
Most children get the right amount of fluoride through a combination of fluoridated toothpaste and fluoridated water or supplements. Too much fluoride before 8 years of age can cause enamel fluorosis, a discoloration or mottling of the permanent teeth. This condition is unsightly but harmless and often can be treated with cosmetic procedures.
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