Our natural tooth enamel experiences demineralization every day when acid-producing bacteria attack it. With the help of good oral hygiene and a balanced diet, our body can disrupt the activities of the bacteria and recover the mineral loss. However, when we become negligent in taking care of our dental health, it can result in excessive demineralization of enamel, which can cause dental cavities.
At HomeTown Dental at Irving, Dr. Williams recommend fluoride treatment for people who are at high-risk of tooth decay.
What is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can prevent and even reverse minor tooth decay in its earliest stages. It forms a protective barrier over the surface of your enamel disrupting the activity of bacteria that causes cavities.
Our body can take fluoride both systemically and topically. At HomeTown Dental at Irving, we will apply fluoride topically on your teeth to protect them from decay. We may also prescribe fluoride mouth rinses, supplements, or fluoridated water for you.
What Does a Fluoride Treatment Involve?
Fluoride treatment is a non-invasive, pain-free, and completely safe process. We will create a mixture, gel, or solution that contains a high concentration of fluoride and apply it to your teeth with the help of a fine brush or cotton swab. Alternatively, we may fill a dental tray with fluoride gel and place it on your teeth for several minutes.
After the treatment, you should not eat, drink, or rinse your mouth for at least 30 minutes for the fluoride to get absorbed in your teeth. Depending on your risk factors, you may need to repeat the treatment every three, six, or 12 months. We may also prescribe dental sealants to people who have a high risk of cavities, particularly children and adolescents.
Advantages of Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride treatment is a very effective preventive treatment for anyone above the age of two. The treatment comes with many benefits:
||Fluoride helps the body make better use of phosphate and calcium which are instrumental in rebuilding bones and repairing enamel.
||Fluoride disrupts the activity of bacteria and strengthens your teeth.
||It prevents primary teeth from being lost prematurely due to infection and ensures the health of adult teeth.
Keep in mind though that fluoride treatment should not be performed on children below the age of two since it can lead to discoloration and development of striations on teeth — a condition known as dental fluorosis.
In rare cases, some people have suffered from skin irritation or similar allergies after using fluoride.
Can Fluoride Treatment Regrow Enamel?
Fluoride treatment is a very effective way to prevent decay in your teeth. However, you should understand that even fluoride won't be able to help your teeth if your enamel is severely eroded. Although fluoride can help remineralize the tooth structure, enamel cannot be regenerated and once a significant portion of it is lost, it is gone for good.
If your enamel gets a cavity, we can still repair your teeth with the help of restorative methods including dental fillings, onlays, root canal therapy, and metal and porcelain crowns.
That is why it is important to exercise excellent dental care while getting fluoride treatment as well as keeping your six-month routine dental appointments, which consist of dental exams to check the health of your teeth and dental cleaning to make your teeth and gums plaque-free. This can help reduce the risk of cavities in people who have moderate to high risk of dental caries.
If you are concerned about the health of your teeth, call at (682) 204-5777 today to schedule an appointment with us.