Tooth decay and cavities are common dental issues that affect millions of individuals. Tooth decay is the result of acid erosion, which is caused by the acids produced by plaque and oral bacteria. Acids in the foods and beverages you consume can also contribute to erosion. Erosion causes weak spots in your enamel, which can eventually give way to small pits, or cavities. Without treatment, cavities continue to grow larger, compromising the integrity of the affected tooth and the health of your mouth. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we can help to protect your teeth from the development of tooth decay and cavities with fluoride treatment.
Common Risk Factors for Tooth Decay
There are several factors that can increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities. These risk factors include:
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in your teeth. It helps to provide your teeth with strength, preventing the formation of tooth decay. Fluoride, along with calcium and phosphate, is lost every day through a process called demineralization. All of these minerals can, and should, be replaced on a daily basis. So long as enough remineralization is occurring to counteract the demineralization, the teeth remain unharmed. If more demineralization occurs than remineralization, decay develops.
The Importance of Fluoride
Fluoride is essential for helping to strengthen the teeth and prevent decay. After decay turns into a cavity, it cannot be reversed. Instead, a filling is needed to stop the progression of the cavity and restore the health of your mouth. Fluoride can be found in trace amounts in treated water as well as found in fluoridated oral care products. Not only can it help to prevent the formation of decay, but it can also reverse the early stages before cavities have a chance to form.
Fluoride can be found in certain concentrations in treated water as well as found in fluoridated oral care products. While these sources are enough for many individuals, they may not be enough for everyone. If you are prone to cavities, we can provide fluoride treatments to help protect your teeth.
Fluoride treatments are a fast, simple application. After cleaning your teeth, a fluoride gel is applied to the surfaces of your teeth. The fluoride is absorbed directly into your tooth enamel. There is no need to wash away or otherwise remove the gel. We do recommend, however, that you avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 30 minutes following treatment. Fluoride treatments are typically applied after your regular professional cleanings. Combined with good oral hygiene practices, fluoride treatments can help to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Fluoride treatments can help to provide you with an additional layer of protection against the formation of tooth decay and cavities. Call Beyond Dental and Implant Center today at (972) 591-7520 for more information and to find out if fluoride treatments are right for you.