Fluoride applications have proven benefits in helping individuals maintain strong teeth and optimal oral health. When fluoride is applied, it will work to strengthen tooth enamel and reverse any the early effects of decay. Receiving these supplemental applications regularly can be particularly important for anyone who is at a higher than average risk for developing tooth decay and cavities.
Fluoride works by making a person’s teeth more resistant to bacteria, acids and plaque that can cause serious harm if the teeth are left unprotected. The substance will attach itself to an individual’s tooth enamel and actively strengthen their teeth. Fluoride is also useful for remineralizing tooth enamel and reversing the early effects of tooth decay. And by introducing fluoride to the development of a person’s teeth early in life, the substance will eventually become incorporated into their structure. This will make it more difficult for the teeth to experience damage when the individual grows older. Adults can also benefit from fluoride since it disrupts the acids that attack the teeth and cause damage over time.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance. It is commonly found in water and in certain foods. We are exposed to trace amounts of fluoride every single day when eating, drinking and bathing. Additionally, the substance is regularly added to toothpastes and oral rinses to help keep teeth healthy and strong. However, professional fluoride applications in concentrated amounts can quickly work to strengthen the teeth.
In most cases, we will recommend fluoride applications for young children and teens, but we may also advise adults to receive this treatment if they have exposed root surfaces, teeth with deep grooves, poor oral hygiene practices, high sugar intake, a prior history of tooth decay or limited access to fluoride in general.
Fluoride applications are very easy to provide, and the process can be completed alongside a regular dental checkup. The patient must also continue to maintain proper oral hygiene practices after receiving a fluoride application in order to keep their teeth healthy. Although fluoride applications can go a long way towards protecting a person’s teeth, this supplementary treatment should never be used as a substitute for proper dental care.