When we hear the term “ fluoride”, we generally think of children’s toothpaste. Although it’s essential in helping children’s teeth grow stronger, adults can greatly benefit from fluoride treatments as well.
These treatments are typically made up of a high concentration of fluoride that a dentist will apply to a patient’s teeth to strengthen the enamel and prevent cavities.
On a related note, tooth decay is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, with an average of 75% of all adults in Canada suffering from dental caries. Whether due to poor oral hygiene or an overly sugary diet, the bacteria in your mouth begins wearing down the enamel and creating holes in your teeth.
Unlike the fluoride toothpaste we use at home, hygienists use a high dose of fluoride to ensure rapid results. Applied using a swab or brush, the fluoride solution is left for a few minutes and you’re good to go.
Protects Your Enamel
Fluoride, whether found in toothpaste or professionally applied, strengthens your teeth’s protective barrier.
Certain foods and beverages containing high amounts of acid or sugar, such as lemonade, soda, and candy cause the enamel to break down.
When this protective layer begins to deteriorate, your teeth will become incredibly sensitive to hot and cold substances, bringing great discomfort when performing regular activities. The minerals found in fluoride contribute to the process of remineralization, which strengthens the enamel.
Helps Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay
Bacteria is present in every area of our bodies, and our mouths are no exception.
When we consume food, especially sugary and starchy substances, bacteria begin to break it down and produce acid. This harmful acid wears down your enamel and begins the decay process.
With the help of fluoride treatments followed by constantly brushing your teeth with mineral toothpaste, the enamel will become less susceptible to cavities and deterioration.
Saves You Money Down the Road
Sooner or later, everyone is bound to undergo some sort of dental treatment beyond a simple cleaning.
Problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss are common issues many individuals experience throughout their lives. Studies have shown that although maintaining a good oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing before bed, the chance of developing cavities is still present.
Incorporating topical fluoride intake into your hygiene routine through the use of mouthwashes, certain toothpastes, and professional treatments will help ensure your teeth stay healthy and protected from any expensive dental treatments down the line.
Professional Fluoride Treatments at Costello Family Dentistry
Have your teeth become overly sensitive to normal activities such as drinking hot or cold liquids?
While it’s common knowledge that the presence of fluoride in children’s toothpaste and mouthwash is incredibly beneficial for the protection of their teeth, many adults don’t realise how useful it can be for them as well.
Our team of hygienists at Costello Family Dentistry have made it their mission to provide our patients with a high-quality level of service every time they step into our clinic. We strive to deliver exceptional results no matter what treatment you’re seeking.
Reach out to us to learn more about fluoride treatments and book your appointment today.