Fluoride is a natural compound that is readily found in nature. More than 50 years ago, fluoride was found to offer a significant dental benefit by bonding with the structure of the teeth to make them stronger and less prone to decay. What’s more, fluoride even has restorative powers in that it can reverse small cavities on the tooth’s surface.
With that kind of effectiveness, fluoride has been added to many toothpastes and mouth rinses, as well as the municipal water supply in most cities. When you take in fluoride that has been added to products or water, it becomes one with our teeth by bonding to them. However, even these measures aren’t always enough. At Sycamore Hills Dentistry, we will assess your oral health, evaluate your risk for decay, and may recommend that you consider a treatment that will deliver concentrated fluoride to your teeth.
This higher concentration of fluoride will work to make your teeth stronger and shield them from bacteria that causes decay. The bacteria, as well as sugars and acids, come from all the foods and drinks you consume on a daily basis. Your mouth is constantly under attack from these bacteria as it attempts to erode the enamel layer of our teeth.
Determining how much fluoride you need is based on several risk factors, including your oral hygiene routine, your diet, and your history of decay. We offer professional high-dose fluoride treatments that we may deliver via gel, varnish or foam. Depending on the severity of the need, we will customize a plan for the frequency of treatment. You will be glad to know that fluoride treatments are fast and painless and are usually conducted during a regular cleaning or appointment with the dentist.
We look forward to helping you with all of your preventative dentistry needs, including fluoride treatments. Call today to schedule a time to come in and see us.
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