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22Jan2015

Why We Provide Topical Fluoride Treatments

CAVITY PREVENTION IS A CONTINUOUS QUEST. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help fight tooth decay. The obvious ones including brushing, flossing and regular checkups. Another great way to fight cavities is the application of topical fluoride treatments.

Fluoride Helps Prevent Cavities And Strengthens Teeth

Every day, each tooth’s enamel layer gains and loses minerals. Too much demineralization can lead to weakened teeth and increased cavity risk. Fluoride treatments have two major objectives. First, they make teeth more resistant to plaque and acid attacks. And second, they help teeth remineralize more quickly. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride varnish is a golden gel which is applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush. The varnish sets quickly and has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. Fluoride varnish to be effective in the prevention of decay in permanent teeth and it’s advised that it should be applied to the teeth at least twice-yearly for pre-school children regardless whether the child is assessed at being at increased risk of dental decay. Fluoride varnish leads to heavy remineralization of the enamel surface, and subsequent acid attacks will allow fluoride ions to penetrate more deeply into the tooth structure.

If You Have Questions About Topical Fluoride Treatments, Please Ask!

Fluoride treatments are a great option for fighting cavities and strengthening teeth. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!

Thank you for the trust you place in our practice.

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