Although we care for our teeth through brushing, getting a regular assessment, and cleaning, decay can still develop. That is why we recommend other preventive measures, such as fluoride treatments.

This post answers some of the common questions about Fluoride treatments.

How Does Fluoride Influence Dental Health?

Fluoride is our natural cavity fighter found in food, toothpaste, water, and mouth rinses. We need to use fluoride often to keep our teeth free of decay. Here is why:

The enamel, the outer layer, protects the inner layers of the teeth from damage and bruising. It consists of vital minerals, calcium, and phosphate, which strengthens it and makes it easy to fight decay.

However, because of our diet and brushing techniques, we strip off these minerals from the teeth in a process called demineralization. Eating foods high in sugar creates an acid environment that affects the enamel. The bacteria in the oral cavity break down these foods producing acid. The more you eat these sugary foods, the higher the levels of an acidic solution in the mouth.

Fortunately, the enamel can reverse the effects of demineralization if provided with essential minerals—fluoride. Brushing with fluoride helps the enamel to reabsorb these lost minerals. Furthermore, fluoride can help to reverse mild dental cavities.

When Does the Dentist Recommend Fluoride Treatment?

If you have healthy teeth free of decay, you can use fluoride toothpaste to keep things healthy. However, if you are at risk of dental cavities, the dentist may recommend fluoride treatment often to strengthen the enamel. Several conditions can increase your risk like:

How Is Fluoride Treatment Done?

Fluoride treatment is done in stages, but in one dental sitting.

Does Insurance cover fluoride Treatment?

Most dental insurance plans cover pediatric fluoride treatment. As an adult, you’ll have to part with $10 to $30 per tooth.

What Are the Risks of Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride is safe and does not cause any side effects. However, when overdosed, it could cause fluorosis.

Fluoride overdose is prevalent in children and seniors. Fluorosis can cause the formation of white specs or teeth discoloration. In severe levels, the child may experience bone homeostasis or have dense but brittle bones.

An overdose can also cause acute toxicity that triggers nausea, sweating, diarrhea, and tiredness.

It is vital to avoid taking fluoride supplements unless advised by the dentist. Also, monitor your children when brushing to keep them from swallowing the toothpaste or mouth rinses.

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