Topical Fluoride Treatment


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What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their ages.

How does fluoride strengthen your teeth?

When the fluoride is applied to your teeth, its absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. This process is caused remineralization. When fluoride is present during remineralization, the minerals deposited into the tooth enamel help strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralization phase. Thus, fluoride helps stop the decay process and prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride helps prevent cavities in two different ways:

  • Fluoride concentrates in the growing bones and developing teeth of children, helping to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge.
  • Fluoride absorption helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged at all ages.

What are the real benefits of receiving topical fluoride treatments?

  • Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Fluoride helps repair erosion from repeated grinding and chewing.
  • Fluoride helps reduce dental hypersensitivity or “sensitive teeth.”
  • Fluoride is a safe and effective way to remineralize teeth.

Who should receive topical fluoride treatments?

  • Children ages 2 to 16 years old can benefit significantly from fluoride supplements.
  • Adults or children with gingivitis and gum disease.
  • People with braces.
  • Fluoride concentrates in the growing bones and developing teeth of children, helping to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge
  • Fluoride absorption helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged at all ages.

What are the real benefits of receiving topical fluoride treatments?

  • Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Fluoride helps repair erosion from repeated grinding and chewing.
  • Fluoride helps reduce dental hypersensitivity or “sensitive teeth.”
  • Fluoride is a safe and effective way to remineralize teeth.

Who should receive topical fluoride treatments?

While there is a benefit for all people to have a topical fluoride treatment every 6 months, the following stand to benefit the most from receiving these treatments.

  • Children ages 2 to 16 years old receive benefits to tooth development.
  • Adults or children with gingivitis and gum disease. (75% of all adults over age 35.)
  • Patients with dental hypersensitivity or sensitive teeth.
  • Patients with braces and ortho-aligners (Invisalign) that hold food and bacteria to the tooth surface.
  • If you’ve had radiation therapy to the neck or head. Radiation damages the salivary glands, causing dry mouth.
  • If you are taking medications that cause dry mouth or have a disease that causes dry mouth. Without saliva to neutralize the acids in your mouth and wash away food particles, you’re more susceptible to tooth decay.

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