Our goal at Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is to focus on preventing problems with your oral health before they occur. This is why our team offers fluoride treatments in Davidson, North Carolina, to prevent cavities and tooth decay from taking hold in your mouth. Research shows that tooth decay is a slowly progressing disease and taking action early on by maintaining proper oral health and receiving fluoride treatments can not only help halt the progression of decay, but, in some cases, it can even restore minerals to the tooth surfaces where bacteria have eroded the enamel. The younger a child is when they are first exposed to fluoride, the less likely they are to develop dental decay.
“Fluoride cannot remove decay but, while creating a stronger outer surface to your teeth, it can help stop the decay from penetrating into the deeper parts of teeth.”
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water supplies and many foods, such as tea, fish and infant formula. It is also used in toothpastes and many other dental products since it helps fight and repair tooth decay, making teeth more resistant to acid attacks, which cause cavities. Fluoride is beneficial for both children and adults, and the American Dental Association® recommends patients receive a professional fluoride treatment every 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on your own oral hygiene habits and dental health. Before fluoride became a common ingredient in over the counter toothpastes, studies found that people with access to fluoridated water were 40 to 60 percent less likely to develop dental caries. If you often get cavities, we encourage you to ask Dr. Michael Wilhite about how fluoride treatment can benefit you.
Our dentist can apply fluoride to your teeth in gel, foam or varnish form. This topical fluoride treatment contains a much higher level of fluoride than toothpastes and mouth washes. Our dentist will paint the varnish on your teeth, applying a foam to your teeth for one to four minutes using a mouth guard, or applying a gel by painting it on your teeth. Fluoride treatment controls bacteria, makes your teeth stronger and makes them more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also help repair teeth that have been slightly damaged by plaque.
If needed, our dentist can also prescribe fluoride supplements. These supplements are often called systematic fluorides and are available in liquid and tablet form and should be used only as directed, as too much fluoride can be hazardous. Keep supplements out of reach of children; too much fluoride can stain their teeth.
We encourage you to call our office today at 704-987-2277 to learn more about fluoride treatment, and schedule an appointment!