Fluoride is a natural compound that is readily found in soil, rocks and some foods. Ever since it was discovered that fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps teeth resist decay, it has been added to tap water and oral hygiene products. The majority of toothpastes and mouthwashes used today are fortified with fluoride, and most cities have fluoridated drinking water. So, the chances are high that you are exposed to fluoride on a regular basis.
Fluoride is beneficial for our teeth and gums in a number of ways. Mainly, fluoride provides a barrier that protects us from decay-causing bacteria. Secondly, it has the power to re-mineralize and repair small areas of erosion and decay.
If you are prone to cavities and frequently need dental work, you might consider getting extra fluoride at our office. Some other conditions that make you a good candidate for regular fluoride treatments are:
As we grow older and our teeth age, it is likely that fillings, crowns, and bridges will be useful to uphold the integrity of the structure of our mouths. These spaces are tighter and require a diligent oral routine to keep them free of plaque and decay. Fluoride will help strengthen these tedious areas and keep decay at bay.
Decreased Flow of Saliva
Dry mouth is a bothersome condition, but is not the real problem when it comes to cavities. Dry mouth, usually from medications, means there is a decrease of saliva, and that is of concern. Saliva is helpful in the fight against cavities because it is a natural barrier and the first line of defense against damaging bacteria that causes dental caries.
When gums recede, the roots of our teeth are exposed. Roots are softer and sensitive to bacterial attacks.
At Pacific Sky Dental, we are proud to offer fluoride treatments to help protect your teeth for a lifetime. Call us today to discuss your custom dental plan.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental