Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly used to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Many people are at a high risk of developing tooth decay, and they can greatly benefit from supplemental fluoride applications to protect their teeth from damage.
Fluoride helps teeth in two ways:
- It attaches to tooth enamel in a process that strengthens teeth.
- It remineralizes tooth enamel and reverses the effects of tooth decay.
Fluoride applications are quick and easy, and the process can be completed during any regular dental visit. The treatment consists of applying fluoride directly to the patient’s teeth in the form a gel, foam or varnish.
Patients receive fluoride applications for many reasons, such as:
- Exposed root surfaces
- Teeth prone to decay
- Inadequate oral hygiene
- Limited fluoride exposure
- Excessive intake of sugar
- Prior history of tooth decay
- Poor saliva flow
While supplemental fluoride applications can be very beneficial, they are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices. Patients who receive fluoride applications should continue to brush and floss and visit All About Smiles once every six months for a complete dental checkup.
If you would like to learn more about fluoride applications and how they can be used to protect your teeth, please call us at (479) 431-5083 to schedule an appointment.