Fluoride is an effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. While recommended for children to preserve their new teeth, it can be overdone and result in white spots. Consult with your dentist as to what commercial fluoride products you are using (including in your toothpaste or gel) and whether you need professional treatment during your visits.
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent tooth decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
- Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
- Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
- Recent history of dental decay.
- Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
Fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. It is key to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugar-sweetened foods, and visit your dentist on a regular basis. To make an appointment, contact Capati Dental today.