Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and contributes to developing strong teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is especially beneficial in the early stages of dental cavities. At Tod Anderson DDS, in Los Gatos, California, we provide fluoride treatments to help our patients from incurring considerable damage to the teeth due to insufficient minerals.
How Can Fluoride Treatments Prevent Tooth Decay?
The harmful bacteria accumulate on the teeth and turn into sticky plaque, causing cavities. The bacteria can erode the enamel and soft gum tissue. Brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, can prevent oral issues. However, extra protection is sometimes needed to protect the teeth from the damaging effects of plaque. Fluoride applications provide the additional support necessary for the teeth.
Can Fluoride Treatments Reverse Tooth Decay?
Fluoride treatments can help reverse early tooth decay. A tooth’s outer layer of enamel either loses some minerals or gains more every day. When the plaque acid eats away at the coating, it could lead to a loss of minerals. Too much loss can lead to tooth decay. Fluoride applications help replenish the lost minerals and enhance the tooth structure.
Fluoride treatments for young children assist in absorbing the mineral during the development of their permanent teeth. As a result, their adult teeth will develop more vigorously and robustly. Children undertaking fluoride treatments have teeth that are less susceptible to decay.
Who Should Get Fluoride Treatments?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that young children and adolescents have some form of fluoride intake every day. This daily fluoride may be available in the form of fortified drinking water or specific kinds of toothpaste.
Are Fluoride Applications Safe?
Fluoride has been used for decades to protect tooth enamel in both children and adults. These applications are entirely safe and effective.
What Is the Process For Fluoride Applications?
A fluoride gel or varnish can be painted directly onto your child’s teeth. The teeth will have to be carefully cleaned before the application of the fluoride solution. It just takes a minute to apply the gel. Immediately your child can eat and drink normally; at the most, they must wait for about thirty minutes. Fluoride treatments may be applied once every three to six months and when the baby teeth emerge.
For more information about fluoride treatments, visit us at Tod Anderson DDS, at 14475 S Bascom Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032, or call us at (408) 540-7813 to schedule an appointment with the dentist.