Your mouth is the entrance to your body. As such, it sees a lot. The teeth are exposed to all kinds of different things, including several different acids. Some of these acids come from the foods and beverages you consume. Other acids are the result of plaque and bacteria buildup. Plaque is naturally acidic while bacteria produce acids as they consume lingering sugars. All of these acids leech essential minerals from your teeth, weakening their otherwise exceptionally strong outer layer. Fortunately, the teeth can be remineralized. Remineralization is the process by which minerals are restored to the teeth. Fluoride is an essential element for remineralizing teeth and providing them with the protection they need to fend off acid attacks. Fluoride can be found in a variety of different sources, including treated water and oral care products. For most people, these sources are enough. For those who do not get enough fluoride, Winning Smile Dental Group can help with fluoride treatment.
Risk Factors for Tooth Decay
There are numerous factors that can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. These factors include:
The Importance of Fluoride
When acids, whether from foods or plaque and bacteria, linger on the surfaces of your teeth for too long, they begin to erode the protective enamel layer. This erosion is the first stages of tooth decay. The longer decay goes untreated, the more likely it becomes for cavities, or small pits, to form. Cavities, once formed, cannot be reversed. They can, however, be treated with fillings. Fluoride aids in the remineralization of your tooth enamel, helping to make the teeth more decay resistant. In some cases, fluoride can reverse the earliest stages of decay.
Getting Your Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride treatments are simple and quick, taking only a few minutes of your time. They are also completely painless. Most treatments are typically administered at the end of your dental cleaning, although they can be provided at any time. Once your teeth have been cleaned, a fluoride gel is painted on to the surfaces of your teeth. That is all there is to it. The fluoride in the gel absorbs directly into your tooth enamel. We recommend that you do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes following your treatment to ensure the best results.
Fluoride treatments help to remineralize your teeth, restoring their strength and aiding against tooth decay and cavities. While common for children, they can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of age. Call Winning Smile Dental Group today at (224) 307-4977 to learn more.