Fluoride is a mineral that aids in the prevention of decay and can repair and strengthen the enamel-or outermost layer—of your teeth.
Fluoride dental treatments help prevent tooth decay by making the teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under six years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride treatments also help speed remineralization, as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
Fluoride can be found in multiple forms, from topical to systemic treatments. Topical fluoride can be applied directly to the tooth enamel. Some examples of topical fluoride treatments include toothpaste, certain mouthwashes, and a professional fluoride treatment from Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX.
Systemic fluoride, on the other hand, is a form of fluoride that is swallowed. A prime example of this form of fluoride is fluoridated water.
If you want to further decrease your chances of tooth decay, a preventative fluoride treatment can help! A professional treatment from our Sugar Land dentist in our dental office only takes a few minutes. For stronger, healthier teeth, book an appointment with our office today!