Fluoride Therapy

Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth topically or systemically in order to prevent tooth decay (dental caries) which results in cavities. Most commonly, fluoride is applied topically to the teeth using gels, varnishes, toothpaste/dentifrices or mouth rinse. Systemic delivery involves fluoride supplementation using water, salt, tablets or drops which are swallowed. Tablets or drops are rarely used where public water supplies are fluoridated.
 
We all obtain fluoride from water and the foods we eat. The professional treatment is important not only for adults but also for kids who have already lost their milk teeth and permanent teeth have started to grow. We will focus on this treatment for adults.
 
Tooth decay is a very common issue especially for adults because adults have had years and years of exposure to bacteria unlike children. The Fluoride protects your teeth from acid attacks that might lead to tooth decay if not dealt with it. The elements like sugar also contribute largely to tooth decay and dental plaque. In order to reduce the chances of tooth decay and bad breath everyone needs fluoride treatment at some point in life.
 
Fluoride
 
Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason. Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay.
 
How Does Fluoride Protect Teeth?
 
Fluoride benefits both children and adults. Here's how:
 
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.
 
How Do I Get Fluoride?
 
Drink Water with Fluoride
 
Fluoride is naturally found in most all water sources, rivers, lakes, wells and even the oceans. For the past 70 years, fluoride has been added to public water supplies to bring fluoride levels up to the amount necessary to help prevent tooth decay.
 
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.
 
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