Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
For many people who have been recommended fluoride treatments, the main question is, is it really necessary to get it done professionally? After all, we get fluoride from the water that we drink and we also eat several foods that contain this mineral. In addition, many of us choose toothpastes that contain fluoride. Isn’t that enough?.
However, bacteria can eat away at tooth enamel if you don’t properly clean and take care of your mouth. Houston Dentists recommend receiving regular fluoride treatments to help strengthen your enamel and reverse the effects of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments can also help children develop strong, healthy teeth for years to come.
How Does Fluoride Treatment Protect Teeth?
Fluoride benefits both children and adults. Here’s how:
Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel (the hard surface of the tooth) stronger, making it easier to resist tooth decay. This provides what is called a “systemic” benefit.
After teeth erupt, fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a “topical” benefit.
In addition, the fluoride you take in from foods and beverages continues to provide a topical benefit because it becomes part of your saliva, constantly bathing the teeth with tiny amounts of fluoride that help rebuild weakened tooth enamel.