Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Minerals are absorbed and depleted from tooth enamel through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are demineralized from tooth enamel when acids from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are absorbed through remineralization to the enamel from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel can lead to tooth decay.
Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugar. Fluoride can also reverse early tooth decay. In children under 6 years old, it is important to the development of permanent teeth, and can make it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production.
Fluoride treatment is an extra precaution for the health of your teeth and overall oral health. It can work to prevent certain oral diseases as well.
The process of a fluoride treatment take just a few minutes. It comes in several forms to best suit your needs. It is applied in addition to a normal dental cleanings or as a stand alone treatment. Typically, we advise patients not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after treatment. This allows your teeth to fully absorb the fluoride and all the properties of it.
William Rice, DDS offers fluoride treatments for all patients as part of his set of preventative care services. He, along with the assistance of his experienced team, offers fluoride treatment in the Athens, GA area and locations surrounding Athens.
Benefits and Advantages of Fluoride Treatment:
- Prevents tooth decay
- Reverses early tooth decay
- Important for development of permanent teeth
- Speeds up the process of remineralization