You have likely been asked if you wanted a fluoride treatment at your routine dental cleanings and checkups. In this post, we provide insight into why a fluoride treatment is beneficial after your dental cleaning.
In appropriate doses, fluoride fortifies teeth against decay. The fluoride is absorbed into the crystalline mineral structure of the enamel, the outer protective layer of teeth, giving it strength. Calcium and phosphorus are also minerals that aid in the remineralization of tooth enamel. Demineralization happens when bad bacteria in the mouth eat your dietary sugar and produce acidic byproducts. An acidic diet can also strip minerals from your teeth. Fluoride can help repair weakened enamel.
It’s likely you received fluoride treatments when you were a child. However, professional fluoride treatments are also beneficial for adults, especially if they are prone to cavities. You can also expose your teeth to fluoride by brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and drinking tap water.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Routine dental cleanings and exams are recommended every six months for most patients. Though the interval will vary based on your oral health and hygiene habits, these visits help reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They also allow your dental team to identify and begin treatment early for other possible oral issues, such as oral cancer.
During your dental cleaning, our specially-trained team will clean plaque and tartar off your teeth. We will check the health of your teeth and gums, polish and floss your teeth, and answer any questions you may have about your oral health. When your teeth are cleaned, we can apply a concentrated fluoride varnish to the surface of your teeth to fortify your enamel against decay. Many dental insurance plans cover this optional treatment at least once a year.
Preventive Dental Care in Southbridge, MA
Fluoride treatments, dental cleanings, and exams are all preventive dental treatments we offer here at Southbridge Dental Care. Whether you’re interested in one of these services for yourself or a member of your family, we’d be delighted to help! Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office.