Acids from bacterial plaque and sugars in the mouth can cause demineralization. Demineralization is a process that occurs in the mouth where acids attack the tooth enamel; it results in the loss of minerals that protects the tooth. If too many minerals are lost, the enamel is weakened, and tooth decay is likely to happen.
Fluoride makes the teeth more unsusceptible to acid attacks and reverses the effects of demineralization. At St. Helena Studio of Aesthetic Dentistry, we offer fluoride treatment to strengthen the teeth of our patients for a healthy smile.
Fluoride treatments are performed for reasons like:
- Exposed or sensitive root surfaces
- Excessive consumption of sugar and carbohydrates
- Poor oral care and hygiene practices
- Fissures and deep pits on the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- Dry mouth or low saliva production
How to obtain Fluoride?
Topical Fluoride. It is a type of Fluoride that can be applied directly to the patient’s teeth. It can be obtained from products such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and sugarless gums. It works by penetrating into the enamel to make the teeth resistant to decay from acid attacks. Professional Fluoride applications use topical gels or cream that are applied during routine dental check-ups which are recommended every six months.
Systemic Fluoride. It is a type of Fluoride that can naturally obtain from food and water. It strengthens the teeth that are still developing under the gums and those that have erupted. Systemic fluoride can also be in the form of a supplement in drop or gel. The Fluoride drops are used for infants. Tablets, on the other hand, are best for children up to their teen years.
Though Fluoride can be easily taken from the water, food, or supplements. It is not enough to fight off decay due to the regular demineralization and remineralization that occurs in the mouth. Professional fluoride is much more effective in strengthening the teeth and in preventing early decay from progressing.
Professional Fluoride Treatment
Professional treatment only takes a few minutes to complete. The fluoride may be in the form of gel, solution, varnish, or foam. The application can be in three ways: applied with a brush or cotton swab, placed on a tray that is worn over the teeth, and used as a rinse. After the procedure, the dentist will advise the patient not to eat, rinse, and drink for at least 30 minutes.
Patients who received fluoride treatment should continue in practicing proper oral care, eating nutritious food, visiting the dentist every six months and reducing sugar intake for better oral health.
Get added protection to your teeth. Book your appointment with St. Helena Studio of Aesthetic Dentistry for Fluoride Treatment in St. Helena, CA. Our dental office is located at 1510 Railroad Ave St. Helena, California 94574.