Most of us take care of our teeth through brushing and cleaning, but decay can still occur. That is why at Zero Cavity, we recommend getting procedures to help strengthen teeth, such as fluoride treatments.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral, which occurs in soil and water. It helps to build strong bones and teeth and also helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Is Fluoride Important?
The Plaque, bacteria, and sugars form acids in your mouth that attack the tooth enamel causing the loss of minerals (demineralization). Tooth decay occurs when there’s not enough remineralization to counteract the demineralization.
Is Fluoride important for children?
Yes, Dental fluoride is essential for the healthy development of permanent teeth in young children.
How does dental fluoride help?
Dental Fluoride not only prevents tooth decay but can also help to reverse early tooth decay.
What to expect during Fluoride treatment?
There are two ways in which fluoride is applied - topically or systemically. The in-office treatment is topical and involves the use of fluoride varnish, gels, and foams. The dentist will first deep clean the teeth to get rid of buildup. Using swabs or brush, the dentist will apply fluoride on the surface of the teeth. You should avoid eating food 30 minutes after applying the gel or foam solution, allowing the fluoride to be absorbed.
Are There Any Side Effects of Fluoride Treatments?
Too much fluoride can affect your dental health. You can overdose on fluoride if you use fluoride and also consume the supplements. Dental fluorosis is prevalent in children because they easily swallow the fluoride toothpaste. Fluorosis can cause:
- Tooth discoloration. Fluoride overdose causes white specks, staining, and pitting on the teeth.
- It affects bone homeostasis, the process of remodeling and creating new bone.
- Dense but brittle bones
- Allergic reactions which cause skin irritation
- Acute toxicity that leads to diarrhea, nausea, excessive swelling, and tiredness