Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, soil, and in some foods. For example, spinach, grapes, and potatoes all naturally have fluoride. In many communities in the United States, fluoride is added to public water supplies to reduce the incidence of cavities.
Is Fluoride Good for Teeth?
Fluoride strengthens enamel, the outer protective layer of teeth. This occurs in a process called remineralization, where it deposits into the crystalline mineral structure of the enamel. This fortifies enamel against cavities and can even reverse early-stage tooth decay. This is why you’ll often come across toothpastes and mouthwashes that specify they have fluoride in them. It’s also why we encourage patients to choose toothpaste that has fluoride.
Professional Fluoride Treatment
Children, patients who are particularly vulnerable to cavities, or anyone wanting extra cavity protection can benefit from a professional fluoride treatment at Hermitage Dental Group. During this simple procedure, we brush liquid fluoride over your teeth to help remineralize them. This is considered a preventive dental treatment because its purpose is to prevent dental disease.
Strong enamel is less likely to be eroded by acids produced by mouth bacteria. This reduces your risk of experiencing decay, discoloration, and sensitivity.
Comprehensive Dental Care in Hermitage, TN
Do you have more dental-related questions? Schedule an appointment with our team at Hermitage Dental Group. We’d be thrilled to care for all of your smile needs. We offer a variety of services, including preventive, cosmetic, restorative, emergency, and sedation dentistry. We also treat obstructive sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. We hope to see you soon!