Keeping your teeth strong and healthy is the goal of every dental office. Fluoride is a wonderful option for strengthening the hardest layer of your teeth, your enamel. This is where cavities tend to start, and by giving this layer an extra dose of the strengthening mineral, we can help you prevent cavities from growing or getting bigger. At Fulton Family Dentistry we strive to help keep your teeth healthy and strong. We know the many benefits of fluoride and can’t wait to share them with you.
The Benefits of Fluoride
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is key in rebuilding enamel. Strong enamel helps protect teeth from decay. Early decay can lead to a variety of health problems including pain, toothaches, sensitivity, cavities, and more. Adding fluoride can prevent and protect against these issues when caught early enough.
Fluoride works to rebuild and protect the enamel on your teeth. The fluoride easily bonds to your enamel and works to strengthen your teeth’s surface. As you age, your teeth can lose enamel naturally due to acid erosion, occlusal trauma, decay, or normal wear and tear. They then become more vulnerable and susceptible to cavities and fractures. Your dentist or hygienist can add a Fluoride treatment to your teeth and can help to restore and rebuild the lost enamel.
As your teeth lose enamel, their protective layer, they weaken and can become sensitive. Hot and cold foods and drinks may become extremely difficult to consume. Keeping the protective layer of your teeth healthy can prevent and even sometimes reverse this sensitivity.
How to Get Fluoride
Fluoride is key to your teeth’s health and strength. There are plenty of ways you can add more fluoride to your teeth. Using toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride on a regular basis can help keep you in a constant supply. Many water sources also include fluoride, including most treated water. Public water services have been adding fluoride to water for over 70 years to help with the population’s tooth decay rate. Small amounts of fluoride can be found in some food sources as well.
Next time you’re in our office, you can ask for an additional fluoride application. Using a gel, foam, or rinse, we can apply fluoride to your teeth for you to avoid further tooth decay. This is a great option for those who find their teeth severely lacking in fluoride or enamel and for those wishing to strengthen their teeth further. We also offer prescription strength fluoride toothpastes at our office.
Contact us at Fulton Family Dentistry office to see how we can help you strengthen your teeth and make your smile healthy.