- March 21, 2016
Make Fluoride Treatments Part Of Your Preventive Dental Care
When Levi was here with his 11 year old daughter Izzy last month, he wanted to know what else they could be doing to protect her young mouth from disease and decay. For as long as he could remember they had been in a daily groove of brushing and flossing, and they were diligent about getting professional teeth cleanings every six months.
That is always great to hear. Those practices alone will go along way towards keeping your mouth healthy and clean, and your smile looking its best. Still, there is always more that can be done, and as dentists, our work is never really finished.
And for those folks like Levi and Izzy that are looking for a little extra protection, we are happy to turn them on to fluoride. In fact, this mineral is a magic cure-all for all your dental woes. Well, maybe not everything, but it does at least help in the fight against cavities and gum disease. That much we know for sure.
The popular notion used to be that fluoride worked primarily by strengthening teeth while they were still young and developing. Accordingly, children like Izzy were often the primary focus of fluoridation efforts. It does work particularly well on young teeth. In recent years, however, research has shown that topical fluoride — the kind in the fluoride treatments we provide — also helps fight disease and decay for patients of all ages. So, we can help parents and children alike.
How does this protective layer work? Simple! Fluoride forms a sort of film on your teeth. This film thwarts any attempts that bacteria makes to infect your teeth. And this film makes it nearly impossible for plaque to gain any momentum.
Beyond that, fluoride can even slow the conversion of (cavity-causing) sugar into acid, buying you some time to further fight off the bacteria. And it aids in a process known as remineralization, wherein your body uses calcium to replace the minerals lost from the early stages of tooth decay.
One of the things that we told Levi and Izzy is that fluoride which is ingested helps children’s teeth to build strong enamel. This allows them to avoid many would-have-been cavities and subsequent dental fillings. This can save you time and money down the road, not to mention pain and suffering.
Think about it this way: fluoride protects your teeth and helps repair minor damage. Why wouldn’t you want that in your life? As such, it ought to be a regular part of your preventive dentistry program.
Fortunately, at Holly Dental Care, we have fluoride treatments and other preventive options so that you can better protect your children’s teeth as well as your own. So, please feel free to ask what more we can do for you the next time you are here.
Schedule Your Fluoride Treatment!
As you now know, fluoride is a natural compound that prevents cavities, makes your teeth stronger, and reduces sensitivity. It is an easy way to optimize your oral health!
Contact us now to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment at Holly Dental Care of Holly, MI.