Optimal oral health requires active participation. In order to promote the health and longevity of your smile, it is vital that you play an active role in your oral health. Flossing and brushing daily are both vital aspects of oral health, as well as visiting the dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and exam. Yet, what if there was a way to help protect your teeth and your child’s teeth between dental visits?
Fluoride treatments have been used by dentists for decades to help protect their patients’ teeth. Fluoride is a natural element from the compound fluorine, that has long been known to prevent cavities by making the tooth enamel more resistant to the harmful effects of oral plaque. Each day, millions of bacteria create a film of plaque on the teeth that attack the enamel. While brushing and flossing are essential for removing oral plaque, some children and adults are more prone to developing cavities. Fluoride treatments benefit children with erupting and developing teeth. Children’s teeth are “softer” than adult teeth, and their permanent teeth do not reach full maturity and strength for a few months following their eruption into the mouth. Children’s teeth are vulnerable to dental health issues that can affect them long into their adult lives. Adults can also benefit from fluoride treatments. Adults who suffer from gingivitis, cavities, or those who neglect their oral health can help protect their permanent teeth from harm.
Indicators that you or your child would benefit from fluoride treatments include:
- Main source of water is well water
- Poor diet
- Poor oral hygiene
- Active orthodontic treatment
- Irregular dental visits
- The use of certain medications
- Alcohol or drug use (including tobacco)
- Dry mouth
- Eating disorder
- Gum recession
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
The entire team at Atlantic Dentistry want to help you achieve and maintain a smile that will last a lifetime. Fluoride treatments are an effective way to help you protect your teeth. When used as an extra “layer” of protection, the benefits will last for approximately a year. Contact Atlantic Dentistry to learn more.
Posted on behalf of Atlantic Dentistry