Good oral health requires an active role. If you want a healthy and beautiful smile that will last a lifetime, it will take a bit of effort and commitment. Flossing once a day, brushing at least twice a day, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and keeping bi-annual dental appointments are truly all it takes for most people. Yet, there are other ways that your dentist can make it even easier on you to protect your smile.
Fluoride treatments have been used for decades as a means of protection against cavities and decay. Fluoride is derived from the natural element Fluorine, and it is well known for its oral health benefits. When applied directly to the teeth, fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to cavities. Your teeth are under constant assault from acid-producing bacteria. These bacteria congregate inside your mouth every day to form dental plaque on the teeth. When plaque remains on the enamel, it will eventually eat its way through the enamel and cause holes or “cavities.”
Children benefit from fluoride treatments because their teeth are “softer” than mature teeth and are more vulnerable to cavities. Adults benefit from fluoride treatments because busy lives often lead to improper oral hygiene and diets that are less than stellar. Many adults are also genetically predisposed to developing cavities and/or gingivitis, and fluoride treatments can give them a barrier against decay.
The following can help you determine whether fluoride treatments can benefit you:
- Well water is your family’s main source of water
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor diet
- Irregular dental visits
- Active orthodontic treatment
- Gum recession
- Dry mouth
- Acid reflux
- Eating disorder
- Alcohol or drug use (including tobacco)
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Cane Bay Family Dentistry wants to help you and your family achieve and preserve optimal oral health. Contact us today to learn how fluoride treatments can protect your smile.
1724 State Rd, #4D
Summerville, SC 29483