Every day, your teeth are constantly exposed to acids, bacteria and sugars that can cause tooth decay, cavities and other periodontal diseases. Reduce your risk of developing dental problems by undergoing regular fluoride treatments at Noles Family Dental.
Why Is Fluoride Important?
The enamel of your teeth acts as a protective barrier against tooth decay. Enamel is extremely strong, but its constant exposure to harmful acids, bacteria and sugar can cause it to weaken. Fluoride, a natural mineral, has been shown to strengthen enamel.
Without fluoride, the enamel on your teeth will become so weak that holes, or cavities, start to form. Once the enamel is lost, it cannot grow back. Fluoride strengthens weakened enamel by replacing nutrients that have been lost. This helps to prevent irreversible damage to the teeth.
Who Benefits From Fluoride Treatments?
There is a common misconception that fluoride treatments are only for children. The truth is anyone can benefit from regular fluoride treatments.
Our dentists strongly recommend regular fluoride treatments for the following patients:
- Children under the age of six
- Teens, young adults and adults who are undergoing orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign
- Anyone undergoing cancer treatment — cancer treatment can sometimes decrease saliva production, which increases your risk of developing tooth decay and other dental problems
- Anyone who has a history of gum disease or tooth decay
Our dentists, Drs. Noles, Estes, and Sullivan can help you determine if you would benefit from regular fluoride treatments.
How Often Should You Get Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments are typically performed every 3, 6 or 12 months. Our dentists, Drs. Noles, Estes, and Sullivan will assess your oral health and determine how often you should be getting fluoride treatments.
Getting Fluoride From Food, Water and Over-the-Counter Products
Fluoride is often found in food and water. It is also added to certain over-the-counter dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. While these items do get you some fluoride, it often is not enough to strengthen your teeth or prevent tooth decay.
For in-office treatments, our dental team uses products with a higher fluoride concentration. The high-concentration fluoride, which is applied directly to the enamel of your teeth, contains all the nutrients needed to strengthen your teeth.
Fluoride Alone Doesn’t Stop Tooth Decay
Undergoing regular fluoride treatments will reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. However, it won’t completely prevent it, so it is extremely important that you practice good oral hygiene.
Daily brushing and flossing, limiting sugary treats and snacks, eating a well-balanced diet and scheduling annual dental exams and professional cleanings are great oral hygiene habits that reduce your risk for cavities and other dental problems.
Our dental team will happily assist you in creating an oral hygiene routine that prevents tooth decay.
Ask Our Greensburg Dentist About Fluoride Treatments
Call Noles Family Dental in Greensburg, Indiana if you have questions or concerns about fluoride treatments. Our friendly dental team will answer any questions you may have or set you up with an appointment to speak with one of our dentists about fluoride treatments.