Signs You Should Ask Us About Getting a Fluoride Treatment
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Fluoride is an odorless, colorless element that is common and abundant in the world. Fluoride is present in most water sources – whether they are freshwater or saltwater. Fluoride can be found in all plant life as well due to the plants absorbing it from soil and water. Fluoride has been a vital component of good oral care for over 100 years due to its use in preventing tooth decay and strengthening enamel. And fluoride treatments apply concentrated amounts of fluoride – far more than a patient would normally ingest in a daily basis – to fortify the teeth. Some groups of patients have a more urgent need for fluoride treatments due to their health or similar circumstances.
Who Should Ask About Fluoride Treatments?
Children from 6 months old to 16 years old should have biannual fluoride treatments for the fortification of their milk teeth and permanent teeth. Patients with dry mouth have less saliva – which acts as a natural counter to acidic foods and harmful bacteria – so they should get regular fluoride treatments. Patients with oral health problems such as periodontitis and cavities should ask about regular fluoride treatments to treat and control their conditions. Patients who get one new cavity per year are not getting enough fluoride from their food and water and should supplement their fluoride exposure. Patients who undergo whitening treatments should ask about fluoride treatments to counteract the enamel-stripping effects of the whitening. And patients with orthodontic equipment such as bridges and braces should seek fluoride treatments to protect the underlying teeth.
If you have concerns about your oral health and are considering fluoride as a solution, call our office. Even though fluoride treatments are often a part of biannual cleanings, our professionals can advise you on the best ways to increase your exposure to fluoride.