Fluoride treatments are dental procedures in which a concentrated fluoride solution is applied to the teeth to strengthen them and protect them against tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral proven effective in preventing cavities and promoting good oral health.
At Valenta Dental, the fluoride treatment we provide involves applying a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish directly to the teeth. The fluoride solution is usually placed in a tray and held against the teeth for a specified time, allowing the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Alternatively, the fluoride varnish can be painted onto the teeth and quickly hardens upon contact with saliva.
How Does Fluoride Prevent Cavities?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that fights tooth decay and cavities by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars. It can also reverse early signs of decay before progressing to a more severe condition like a tooth cavity.
Our dentist recommends using toothpaste that contains fluoride and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash at least twice a day to get the most benefit. Those with a high risk of developing cavities or experiencing a lot of decay can also benefit from having topical fluoride treatments at a dentist’s office. These treatments contain a higher fluoride concentration than those found in over-the-counter products but are still safe when used as directed.
Other fluoride sources include water treated with chlorine and fruits grown in soil that is high in natural deposits of the mineral. However, the levels in these sources must be considerably high to provide protection against cavities on their own. As a result, fluoride must be added to drinking water to reach optimal levels for protecting teeth against decay.
The Benefits of Fluoride Treatments
Strengthening Tooth Enamel
Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel, the protective outer layer of the teeth. The fluoride ions penetrate the enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. This helps prevent the breakdown of enamel and the formation of cavities.
Fluoride promotes remineralization, a process in which minerals such as calcium and phosphate are deposited back into the tooth structure. While acids demineralize the enamel, fluoride helps restore the lost minerals and repair the weakened areas. This helps reverse the early stages of tooth decay and prevent further damage.
Preventing Tooth Decay
The primary benefit of fluoride treatments is the prevention of tooth decay. By strengthening the enamel and promoting remineralization, fluoride treatments reduce the risk of cavities and the need for dental fillings or other restorative procedures.
Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, maintaining a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health. Get in touch with Valenta Dental at 1838 Dunlap Ave, Marinette, WI 54143, or call (715) 735-5626.