You can get fluoride in your drinking water, toothpaste, and mouth rinse, but nothing compares to the professional fluoride treatment offered in our dental office. This quick treatment provides many oral health benefits.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay
Topical fluoride helps strengthen your tooth’s enamel, reducing the risk of cavities. As bacteria combine with carbohydrates in your mouth, it eats away at the tooth’s enamel. Topical fluoride helps strengthen your enamel, avoiding enamel breakdown from the combination of bacteria and carbohydrates in your mouth.
Fluoride encourages remineralization of your teeth
Your saliva naturally helps your enamel remineralize. Sometimes the calcium and phosphorus in your saliva aren’t enough to strengthen your enamel, though. Fluoride adds the necessary calcium and phosphorous, naturally strengthening your enamel. In some cases, fluoride can even reverse minor cavities, if you receive the fluoride treatment early enough.
Fluoride helps adults avoid major restorative dental work
We encourage adults to get fluoride treatments too. Fluoride’s ability to restore the tooth’s enamel can reduce the need for restorative work, such as crowns and dental bonding.
As plaque builds up in the mouth, it can eat away at the tooth’s enamel, causing weaker enamel and damaged teeth. Since you only get one chance at your adult teeth, dentists must restore the teeth with dental crowns or bonding to keep your natural teeth intact. Using professional fluoride treatments can strengthen the enamel, therefore saving your natural teeth and avoiding restorative work.
Fluoride in water isn’t enough
Many communities add fluoride to the drinking water, which can help with calcium and phosphorus levels, but it’s often not enough. Topical fluoride treatments go directly to the tooth’s enamel, strengthening it quickly. While systematic use of fluoride may help increase your enamel’s ability to remineralize, it’s often not enough for true results.
Fluoride treatment is safe and non-invasive
Fluoride treatment doesn’t hurt. We apply the fluoride directly to the teeth, leaving it in place for a few minutes. You don’t need anesthetic, as fluoride doesn’t require the use of any invasive dental tools. The fluoride simply sits on your teeth, strengthening your enamel while you sit comfortably in the dental chair.
Are you ready to learn more about fluoride treatment and its benefits? Call River Valley Smile Center at 479-646-0706 today and our staff will happily answer your questions or set you up with your appointment for your exam, cleaning, and fluoride treatment.