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We Do Not Always Recommend Fluoride Treatments

Posted on 2/22/2021 by Office
We Do Not Always Recommend Fluoride TreatmentsFluoride treatments are not always necessary. After all, you can have too much of a good thing, as fluoride is usually present in municipal drinking water supplies as well as some foods. If we feel a patient receives enough fluoride in their daily diet or water supply, we may not recommend fluoride treatments.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride naturally occurs in both topical and systemic forms. The mineral is considered the most effective substance for the prevention of tooth decay. Acids, sugars, and bacteria in the mouth demineralize teeth. However, the use of fluoride can make dental enamel more resistant to plaque and bacteria. Therefore, fluoride is used to reverse the early stages of tooth decay. While systemic fluoride is ingested and absorbed by the teeth, topical fluoride is applied directly to the surface of the teeth. Examples of systemic fluoride include the fluoride found in supplements, fortified foods, the saliva, or community water supplies. Topical fluoride is found in fluoride applications, mouth rinses, and toothpastes.

When Fluoride Treatments Are Not Advised

Some patients already have high concentrations of fluoride in their teeth and therefore do not need the extra treatments. Also, patients under the age of 8, who have dental fluorosis (white spots on their teeth), do not need to receive treatments. This usually results when too much fluoride is swallowed.

How Fluoride Treatments Help

Fluoride can be helpful to dental health to combat gum disease, decay, or dry mouth. We will determine your need for fluoride by examining your teeth, learning more about the dental products you use, and reviewing x-rays. It is important, as well, to determine the type of fluoride you use. Usually, stannous fluoride is more effective in preventing gum disease and decay while sodium fluoride is meant to prevent cavities. Usually, if you brush your teeth properly, at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day, you should be able to use a regular sodium fluoride toothpaste and adequately protect your teeth. If you have a tendency toward decay or want extra protection, fluoride treatments can help.

Do you need to schedule a fluoride treatment and exam? If so, give us a call now. We can help you with your fluoride needs and treatments.
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