How Do Fluoride Treatments Work?

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Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral. It is used in many toothpastes to strengthen teeth and help prevent tooth decay. When absorbed into the teeth, fluoride helps to build tooth enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of a tooth. Fluoride treatments can be scheduled for patients of all ages, but they are especially helpful for children. Extra fluoride from a young age can lead to positive dental health for years to come.

Fluoride Treatments Are Quick & Easy

Fluoride treatments are quick, comfortable, and inexpensive preventive dental treatments. They are typically scheduled to take place right after a routine cleaning when the teeth are clean and plaque-free. A special fluoride varnish is applied to the front of the teeth, which only takes a few minutes. Patients are often told to avoid eating, drinking, and brushing their teeth for at least thirty minutes post-treatment. This allows the fluoride to be fully absorbed so it will work to the best of its abilities.

Fluoride Strengthens Teeth

Fluoride treatments work by preventing demineralization and supporting remineralization. Demineralization occurs when the bacteria in our mouths eat carbohydrates and produce acid as a result. Acid softens tooth enamel and makes it more susceptible to tooth decay. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which helps to remineralize teeth. Fluoride acts as an amplifier for these minerals to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities from forming.

Cavity Prevention in Raleigh, NC

Do you suffer from dry mouth, gum disease, or frequent cavities? Scheduling regular fluoride treatments may be a simple and effective way to protect your teeth and your overall oral health. Dr. Metwally and the Northside Dental team would be happy to help. We will assess your smile, review your oral health history, and answer any questions you may have regarding fluoride treatments or our other preventive services. Give us a call or send us a message through our virtual contact form. Someone in our office will be in touch with you shortly.