At your next dental visit, it’s highly likely that your dentist will suggest a fluoride treatment, but is it the right option?
Every day, your body is constantly taking in and losing fluoride. The foods you eat and the water you drink all contain fluoride. As your teeth demineralize, you lose fluoride because of plaque bacteria and sugars in your mouth that attack the enamel of your teeth. Interestingly though, decades of research have shown that you can restore the fluoride you lost in your enamel (as well as phosphate and calcium) by eating healthy foods that contain fluoride. Fluoride treatments are also a way to restore the fluoride you lose.
The reason why you may consider a fluoride treatment is because if you’re losing fluoride quicker than you are taking it in, you’re likely going to be at risk for tooth decay. Fluoride works to help prevent tooth decay by defending against acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in your mouth. Fluoride can also reverse tooth decay.
For children 6 years and younger, fluoride is a necessary part of the development of healthy permanent teeth. The use of fluoride and its benefits can continue even after the permanent teeth have arrived. Both children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatment.
Recent research has shown repeatedly that fluoride is necessary for preventing tooth decay and strengthening teeth in people of all ages. Fluoride can be gotten through toothpaste, mouthwashes, and fluoride treatments offered by your dentist. But, is it right for you? Ask your dentist for more information about whether you need a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth. If you get enough fluoride through your food, water, toothpaste, and other oral products, you might not need fluoride treatment after all.
To schedule an appointment for a fluoride treatment in Olympia and Tacoma, contact our office today.