Dental Tips Blog

Jan
29

Why Fluoride is So Important for Kids’ Teeth

A child’s mouth is the perfect place for cavities to flourish. Most little kids aren’t very cooperative with efforts to keep their teeth clean. If they brush their teeth themselves, children are likely to miss a lot of important areas.

Add to this the fact that kids love sweet things, plus the weaker nature of primary (baby) teeth, and you’ve got a tooth decay recipe on your hands.

Here’s how fluoride treatment can help:

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many foods including fish, vegetables, and tea. Fluoride “upgrades” molecules in the hard layers of you or your child’s teeth, reinforcing them and making them less susceptible to decay.

Of course, this doesn’t happen immediately and it’s not like the entire tooth is turned to fluoride. But constant minimal fluoride-exposure makes it very easy to avoid decay.

Big Worries Caused by Cavities

Cavities can absolutely devastate a child’s smile. Tooth decay hurts baby teeth just as much as it does adult ones. A severe cavity could lead to your child getting a tooth filled, crowned, or pulled to alleviate their pain.

A steady and safe supply of fluoride could help spare your child discomfort and save you money on preventable problems. By incorporating this mineral via toothpaste or a rinse per your dentist’s instructions, you can actively lower your kid’s cavity risk even if they aren’t the best about brushing!

Fluoride is a safety net that has changed the future of dentistry for the next generation. But this mineral is widely misunderstood and underestimated. For more information on the necessity of safe fluoride use, plan a visit with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Dec
28

Professional Fluoride Treatments: What are the Benefits?

When is the last time you had a fluoride treatment at the dental office? If it’s been a while, you might want to reconsider. There are a lot of benefits to this twice-a-year treatment and the way it impacts your smile differently than other fluoride sources.

Fluoride Remineralizes Compromised Tooth Enamel 

The biggest reason dentists use fluoride in their office is to strengthen weak or decalcified tooth enamel. If your teeth have white spots, are beginning to decay, or you have poor diet habits that place you at risk for cavities (think diet sodas or sports drinks a few times a day), then the fluoride can help your tooth revert back to a stronger structure.

Fluoride Combats Sensitivity

Professional fluoride treatments aren’t just for helping people avoid cavities. They can also be used to combat tooth sensitivity. If you struggle with sensitive teeth or receding gumlines, then a fluoride treatment at your dentist office can reverse symptoms for up to 3 months. If you can’t wait 3 more months for your next dental check-up, just drop by your dentist’s office for a quick re-application to get you by.

It’s Prescription Grade

Over the counter source of fluoride, like rinses and toothpastes, are good for everyday use. But sometimes “everyday use” isn’t quite good enough. For people with chronic dental problems, undergoing orthodontic therapy, or aging smiles, a prescription strength fluoride treatment is a must have.

Why would you want to jeopardize the health of your teeth when this quick option can help you save your smile’s future? Request a fluoride treatment after your next dental cleaning!

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Oct
27

Is Prescription Strength Fluoride the Same as What is Inside of My Toothpaste?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral known to protect teeth against the effects of cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride works by encouraging the remineralization of tooth enamel that has already been weakened by acids. It also reinforces healthy tooth structure, making teeth stronger than they naturally are. Lastly, fluoride is has been found to disrupt the ability of bacteria to produce the waste products that cause tooth decay.

Fluoride, in different forms, is beneficial for everyone. The majority of over-the-counter toothpastes contain fluoride. Why might we recommend that you use a prescription-strength fluoride? Is there really a difference between that and what you already use?

Are You at Risk?

Dry mouth can lead to an increase in cavity-causing bacteria. Some patients already have a lengthy history with cavities. Some medications decrease saliva flow. After having periodontal treatment, the roots of teeth can become more sensitive and susceptible to cavities. For reasons such as these, our doctor or hygienist may recommend that you try a prescription-strength toothpaste to lower your risk of tooth decay.

Concentration Makes a Difference

The majority of OTC toothpastes on the market today contain anywhere from 0.22 to 0.312% fluoride (1,000-1,450 parts per million). Prescription toothpastes, however, contain the maximum amount allowable, 1.1% (5,000 parts per million). Due to the higher concentration, prescription fluoride toothpastes deliver a whopping dose of the protective and preventative vitamin to the surfaces of your teeth. It is very beneficial for adult teeth, but fluoride in such high doses can have harmful effects on the still-developing teeth of children.

Using a prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste will reduce tooth sensitivity and lower your cavity risk. Learn more at your next dental appointment  about how a prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste can improve your smile’s health.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Feb
16

Do Adults Need Fluoride?

Growing up, you probably heard how important fluoride was for your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that encourages proper tooth development and also helps tooth enamel resist decay. Just like calcium, it’s a necessary part of the human body. Kids aren’t the only ones that can benefit from fluoride – adults do too!

Fluoride at Your Dental Appointment

Professional strength fluoride applications help fight sensitivity and provide the pores of the teeth with a chance to absorb minerals that greatly decrease your risk of tooth decay. Applications such as varnishes can last for several hours, making them much more effective than gels or foams that were previously used by dentists. 

Fluoride in Your Drinking Water

Systemic fluoride helps strengthen bones and teeth as they grow. When your finished growing, the superficial fluoride strengthens the teeth as you drink. Municipal water supplies are required to have monitored fluoride levels while bottled waters do not. In fact, many bottled waters do not contain fluoride at all and even have a slightly acidic pH. 

Fluoride in Your Toothpaste or Mouth Rinse

The small amount of fluoride in your home products provides your teeth with a minimal, daily dose of the mineral to help repel new tooth decay. It can also help early signs of demineralization to reverse, before they become cavities. If you have a high risk of cavities such as a large number of restorations or frequent tooth decay, then daily fluoride is a must.

Your dentist may prescribe a stronger fluoride for daily use if you are at risk for decay or undergoing orthodontic treatment. Even if you use fluoride, regular dental check-ups are important to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible. Book your preventive care visit every 6 months.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

 

Apr
10

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in many foods and water. Fluoride is also an essential part of good oral health. Every day, the teeth go through two processes: demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) when bacteria and plaque build up on the tooth enamel and the acids from this build up attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride and calcium are redeposited (remineralization) to the tooth enamel from the foods we eat and the drinks we consume. Too much demineralization without adequate remineralization leads to tooth decay.

Fluoride treatments are used on dental patients to help prevent tooth decay. These treatments make the teeth resistant to damaging acids from bacteria, plaque, and sugars that build up and remain in the mouth. Dentists offer fluoride treatments in their office. These treatments contain a high level of fluoride; much more so than is found in toothpastes and mouth washes. Fluoride treatments can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish.

Children and adults benefit from fluoride treatments. While fluoride is essential to children 6-16 as their teeth grow and develop, adults also need fluoride to strengthen their teeth and prevent tooth decay. Not everyone needs additional fluoride added in to his or her regular dental hygiene. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you could benefit from additional fluoride based on your dental history, medications that may cause dry mouth, frequent cavities, or having crowns and/or bridges in your mouth.

It is important to take proper care of the mouth to ensure that your teeth last the lifetime that they were meant to. Talk you your doctor to see if fluoride treatments would promote more optimal oral health.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

Google

Oct
10

Your Teeth Are Meant To Last A Lifetime

Quite often, many people walk into the dental office fully expecting to have all of their teeth pulled. After all, they say, their mother or father got dentures when they were only in their 30s, so as their child they fully expect to do the same. While some oral diseases like decay or gum disease can be linked between parents and children, the research shows that good oral care and hygiene practices can help prevent premature tooth wear and allow you to keep your teeth for just about as long as you’re alive.

Most of the time people lose their teeth due to bone loss and gum disease. Thankfully, many people have access to routine preventive care that allows them to have cleanings and maintenance visits every 6 months. This, combined with good oral hygiene skills keeps gum disease in check and prevents it from progressing to the point where it causes the teeth to become mobile and fall out.

Another significant factor that leads to tooth loss is severe tooth decay. Older generations did not have access to preventive treatments like fluoride or dental sealants. Thankfully, younger generations do. This has caused a decrease in the risk of tooth decay in American children and younger adults. If you had access to fluoridated water, then you most likely have much stronger teeth than your parents did.

Dental care is also more affordable and accessible, which allows people to treat cavities while they are small, before they become so severe that they result in extractions. If you’ve thought your smile didn’t have a chance, it’s not too late! See your dentist today and get your mouth back on track.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

Google

Oct
17

Professional Topical Fluoride Treatments

There is no doubt that fluoride plays an essential role in oral health. A naturally occurring mineral found in small amounts in water and in certain foods, fluoride is the active ingredient in most store-bought toothpastes and in some mouth rinses. Through its chemical action on bacteria in the mouth, fluoride works to prevent, and to some extent reverse, tooth decay and resulting cavities. Fluoride also strengthens teeth by restoring essential minerals to the tooth enamel. Using several sources of fluoride is one recommended way to promote overall oral health.

Fluoride treatments refer to a range of methods of delivering fluoride to the teeth, either topically or systematically through the bloodstream. Topical fluoride treatments are administered professionally in a dentist’s office and differ from over-the-counter fluoridated products in two keys ways. Firstly, the fluoride preparations used during in-office treatments have a different chemical formula that makes them longer-lasting than store-bought products. Secondly, professional fluoride treatments use a stronger concentration of fluoride compared to ordinary toothpaste or mouth wash. For these reasons, topical fluoride treatments done in a dentist’s office have a markedly more potent effect.

Topical fluoride treatments include foams, gels and varnishes, which may or may not be flavored. Teeth are first cleaned and thoroughly dried to prevent the topical fluoride from becoming diluted. Fluoride varnishes are particularly effective because they can be painted directly onto problem or cavity-prone areas of the teeth. Fluoride foams and gels are placed inside a mouth guard which is then fitted onto the patient’s teeth for 1 to 5 minutes. To optimize the action of topical fluoride, patients must refrain from eating, smoking or drinking for at least 30 minutes after treatment.

It is important to remember that fluoride is a powerful substance. Topical fluoride that is not properly applied or that is applied in dosages that are too high, can result in mouth irritation and even burns. Thus, it is best to forego over-the-counter topical fluoride products and have your fluoride treatment done professionally by a dentist.

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