There has been a great debate over fluoride for well over a hundred years, however, research shows indisputable evidence that fluoride is extremely beneficial to your oral health. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay by helping the teeth become resistant to the bacteria-laden, acid-producing plaque that builds up on the teeth each day. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day are essential habits to keep your teeth clean and healthy from day to day. Making, and keeping, regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups is also imperative to ensure that your mouth is at optimal health. Yet, fluoride treatments are considered another important aspect of maintaining optimal oral health.
Today, most modern water systems have fluorinated water in order to help residents of cities, counties, states, and countries prevent dental caries. Most toothpaste options also contain fluoride as a main ingredient in order to prevent gum disease and cavities. Both of these are considered essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and for preventing oral health complications. However, there are some people who are simply more prone to developing cavities. Whether it is caused by genetics, certain medication, or another factor, fluoride treatments can help by giving the teeth an extra barrier of protection.
In-office fluoride treatments are commonly used by dentists to help patients’ teeth remain healthy, strong, and to ward off cavities and decay. Those with the following indicators can benefit the most from fluoride treatments:
- active orthodontic treatment
- drug or alcohol use
- dry mouth
- eating disorder
- genetic predisposition
- gum recession
- irregular dental visits
- poor diet
- poor oral hygiene
- the use of certain medications
- undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Professional fluoride treatments have been used and proven effective for decades. This painless procedure is quick, yet it will offer months of assurance that your teeth are given the manner of protection that they need. Contact Group Health Dental for more information regarding fluoride treatments.