Great oral hygiene and regular dental appointments keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life. However, some people may need extra protection from tooth decay, especially during the cavity-prone years. Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores provides Fluoride treatment to protect your teeth from cavities.
How Tooth Decay Starts
Tooth decay or dental caries form when plaque acids attack teeth repeatedly. Naturally-occurring bacteria in the mouth feed on leftover sugars and produce acids as a by-product. People have different risks for developing cavities, and the most high risk group may need more frequent dentist visits and added cavity protection.
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in many foods, and it is added to the water supply in many areas of the world. You may already be drinking fluoridated water without knowing it. Exposure to the right amount fluoride strengthens the teeth enamel or outer layer and helps rebuild areas destroyed by plaque acids.
Tooth demineralization (loss of minerals) happen every day as acids attack the enamel. Fluoride helps balance out this process by bringing back lost minerals (remineralization) and making the enamel strong again. Too much fluoride, however, can cause mottled and brown teeth.
Do You Need Fluoride Treatments?
Trusted Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores can determine your cavity risk and whether you need a fluoride treatment. Both children and adults can benefit from dental fluoride treatment, but it is especially important for young people whose primary and permanent teeth are starting to come in. Fluoride application at Dores Dental is quick and painless. Dr. Dores will apply fluoride to your teeth, leave it on for a few minutes, and rinse it off. Your Longmeadow, MA dentist also prescribes fluoride supplements to patients who need them.