Preventing Dental Decay with Fluoride Treatment
Dental plaque is a colorless collection of bacteria that accumulates on your teeth. If your teeth are not cleaned regularly this bacteria will harden, leading to tartar build up. This bacteria will begin to eat into your enamel, causing cavities, and in the worst case scenario, lead to gum disease. The first step in any oral hygiene maintenance plan is brushing and flossing regularly. However, it’s also important to visit your dental office regularly for professional cleanings and fluoride treatments, especially if you naturally produce more plaque or have habits that make you more prone to dental decay. Fluoride treatments form a defense system for your teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to decay.
What Makes You More Susceptible to Dental Decay
There are many reasons why you might be susceptible to dental decay and can benefit from fluoride treatments as a part of your preventative plan. These include:
- You have many deep pits and fissures on your teeth where bacteria can easily build up
- You have a diet high in sugar and carbs
- You have a dry mouth
- Your teeth are highly sensitive to temperature
- You are not exposed to fluoride enough
How Does Fluoride Prevent Decay?
Fluoride comes from a naturally occurring mineral. When introduced to your teeth, it helps by adding a layer of protection against bacterial acid. We recommend that patients receive fluoride treatments every 6 months, especially children and teens.
Contact Us for Fluoride Treatments
For more information about fluoride treatments or to schedule a dental appointment, call us at Silverlake Dental Group.
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