Fluoride is a chemical that prevents tooth decay and cavities as well as other dental problems. Here is what is involved in the process of fluoride treatments as well as their benefits.
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What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that assists in developing strong teeth and preventing cavities. People at risk of tooth decay can benefit from fluoride treatments, though they may not be appropriate for everyone. Let’s examine fluoride benefits, side effects, and treatment recommendations.

What Is a Fluoride Treatment?

Our dental professionals at Wetherill Family Dentistry offer fluoride varnish treatments to patients, to reduce their risk of cavities. The fluoride used by Dr. Wetherill in this varnish works similarly to that found in toothpaste. The treatment, however, contains a higher dose and may be more effective immediately.

Fluoride Benefits

Fluoride benefits the teeth in several ways:

  • The body can better utilize calcium and phosphate with this supplement. Weak tooth enamel is repaired by reabsorbing these minerals.
  • The mineral joins into the tooth’s structure during development and strengthens its enamel, making it more resistant to bacteria and cavities.
  • By harming bacteria that cause cavities, this mineral slows or even reverses bacterial growth.

Collectively, these benefits can:

  • Decrease the risk of cavities
  • Reduce the growth of cavities
  • Reduce the need for expensive dental work
  • Maintain the health of baby teeth
  • Reduce dental expenses and time spent at the dentist

As well as preventing teeth cavities and preventing bacteria from multiplying, a fluoride treatment may:

  • Aid in the prevention of gum disease
  • Reduce tooth sensitivity
  • Prevent early tooth loss

Fluoride Treatment Recommendations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association, small amounts of fluoride every day can reduce the risk of dental cavities in persons of any age.

Drinking fluoridated tap water and brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste provides significant benefits. Fluoride treatments may offer additional benefits to children and adults who are at a higher risk of cavities. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends fluoride treatment for children’s teeth to grow correctly and to prevent decay, pain, and future dental infections.

Professional fluoride treatment can help protect against tooth decay in individuals who are at a moderate to high risk. Professional fluoride treatments should be applied twice a year to those at high risk of dental cavities.

Ask Dr. Wetherill if you would benefit from the application of a fluoride varnish if you suffer from:

  • Dry mouth
  • Weak enamel
  • Oral health issues
  • Crowns

Dr. Wetherill may also suggest additional preventive measures if you are at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as over-the-counter or prescription fluoride mouthwashes or gels or antibacterial mouthwashes.

Patients should discuss fluoride treatment with Dr. Wetherill, to determine its risks and benefits. In addition to fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash, it is essential to consider other fluoride sources in Wilmington. If you live in an area where the water does not contain fluoride, fluoride treatments may be beneficial.

Are Fluoride Treatments Right for Me?

Contact Wetherill Family Dentistry today to learn more about fluoride treatment options. Our dental professionals are here to answer any questions you may have about the benefits of fluoride.

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