Some people find that flossing daily, brushing their teeth at least twice a day, and visiting the dentist regularly are enough for keeping their smile healthy and bright. Yet, millions of Americans find that these are not enough – or that they neglect one or more of these habits regularly. Fluoride treatments are available from your dentist’s office as an extra layer of protection in your oral health. These treatments have been used by dentists for decades to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially for those who may be at a higher risk for developing cavities and decay. Fluoride is a natural compound from the element fluorine, that has long been known for strengthening the tooth enamel and making it more resistant to cavities.
The teeth are under constant attack by acid-producing bacteria that create the sticky, white substance known as plaque that coats the teeth each day. While many people find that flossing and brushing daily are enough to keep the damage that these bacteria do at bay, others do not. Children are often more susceptible to developing caries because their teeth are “softer” than fully mature teeth. Children who suffer from childhood oral health issues are often plagued by these issues throughout their entire adult lives. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen the tooth enamel as their teeth develop. Adults who suffer from gingivitis, gum recession, who neglect their oral health, or those who are simply more prone to cavities, can also benefit from fluoride treatments.
The following are indicators that fluoride treatments may benefit your oral health:
- Well water is your main source of water
- Poor diet
- Poor oral health
- Irregular dental visits
- Active orthodontic treatment
- Gum recession
- Acid reflux
- Alcohol or drug use (including tobacco use)
- Certain medications
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Eating disorder
Contact Riverheart Family Dentistry to learn how you can protect your smile with painless fluoride treatments.