Fluoride is a mineral that is often found in natural resources, like food and tap water, but we also need to nourish and strengthen our teeth each day with fluoride products to keep our smiles safe. As time passes by, minerals are added to and taken from your teeth, and that process is called remineralization and demineralization. But, sometimes the demineralization process occurs more often than the remineralization process and the bacteria in your mouth use that chance to begin decaying your teeth, which is why fluoride is so important.
To increase your fluoride intake, you can brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, rinse your mouth once a day with fluoride mouthwash, and drink a lot of tap water. You can also receive a dental fluoride treatment when you come into our office for a dental cleaning. The treatments we provide can come in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish. Foam treatments are presented in a mouth guard. Your hygienist will fill the guard with the foam, place it over your teeth, and ask you to wait for a few minutes. As you wait, the minerals will soak into your teeth and strengthen them. The varnish treatments will be painted onto your teeth, and the gel treatments can either be painted onto your teeth or they can be provided via mouth guard.
It is important for children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride. It is important because their permanent teeth need to be nourished before and after they erupt from the gums. It is also important for adults to be exposed to fluoride because it helps prevent tooth decay.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about the benefits of fluoride. We are happy to help you!