Strengthen and protect your smile
Your teeth are precious, and need to be protected from tooth decay so that you can continue to enjoy good oral health and a beautiful smile. Fluoride has been used for decades as a protective barrier against decay. Dr. Tim believes that the earlier fluoride treatments are started, the longer this protection can last, especially since it has been shown that the use of fluoride can lead to fewer cavities.
Fluoride is a natural mineral, and can be found in many foods as well as the water supplies of many communities around the country. Most individuals receive a small amount of fluoride by brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and through their diet. However, if your teeth are prone to cavities and decay, our dentist may recommend a topical fluoride treatment to supplement your fluoride intake and help strengthen you tooth enamel.
Whenever you eat and drink, bacteria, sugars and acids attack and demineralize the enamel of your teeth. The enamel is the hard, outer layer of your tooth structure, and protects the softer structures and inner nerves of your tooth. When tooth enamel deteriorates, cavities and other problems develop. Fluoride works to strengthen tooth enamel by remineralizing it so that harmful bacteria and acids cannot eat away at it and reach the inner tissues of the tooth.
Fluoride is most frequently provided for children, but may also be recommended for adults. Our dentist will check your mouth for signs of decay, and may also check your fluoride levels during your regular dental exams. If a fluoride treatment is needed, it can be provided in just a few minutes during your routine checkups. Professional fluoride treatments are available in several forms, including a gel, varnish and foam.
To find out how you can benefit from fluoride treatment in OKC, Oklahoma, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Tim, call our office today at 405-728-7632!