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Are Fluoride Treatments Necessary?

added on: April 17, 2017

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When you brush your teeth with toothpaste, you get a bit of fluoride to protect your teeth from cavities and decay. Most cities also have fluoridated water to add to the health of your teeth, too. Most of the time when we hear about fluoride treatments, it’s for little kids, and we don’t often think about having them done when we’re adults. So, are fluoride treatments really necessary with all the exposure to fluoride we already get on a daily basis?

The Short Answer: It Depends

Your teeth only have a certain amount of enamel to protect from cavities and decay. You can’t grow back enamel, so once it’s gone, it’s gone for good! Decay is caused by acid attacks on your teeth. When you eat any food, the particles left in your mouth break down and turn into acids. These acids attack your teeth, wear through your enamel, and cause cavities. Fluoride guards your teeth against these acid attacks.

Fluoride Treatments Can Be Especially Beneficial for Adults

According to dental professionals, fluoride treatments can be especially beneficial for adults. Fluoride treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride than what you’ll ever find in toothpastes or mouth rinses, making fluoride treatments a fantastic way to give your oral health a boost!

If you have certain oral health conditions, such as a history of frequent cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, or gum recession, then you will definitely benefit from additional fluoride treatments. These conditions put you at a greater risk for cavities, so extra fluoride will help protect your teeth even more.

So, if you want to take every measure to protect your pearly whites from cavities and tooth decay, take the extra step and get fluoride treatments with your professional teeth cleanings or at your regular dental check-up.

Do you want to know if you’ll benefit from fluoride treatments? Call us today to schedule an appointment and ask about getting fluoride treatments during your regular check-ups and cleanings!