You will have two sets of natural teeth during your lifetime – one that will last into adolescence and one that is meant to last for the rest of your life. In order for this goal to become a reality, it is imperative that you make choices that will benefit your smile. Flossing every day is essential, brushing at least twice a day is essential, and visiting the dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and exam is also essential. However, the vast majority of dental patients in America do not do all three of these essential elements. It is human nature to forget and forgo doing important things, which is why your dentist wants to partner with you in attaining and preserving a healthy smile.
Fluoride treatments are easy, quick, and painless applications that dentists have used for decades as a means to protect their patients’ teeth. Fluoride is taken from the natural element Fluorine, and it is highly regarded by dental professionals for its ability to prevent cavities by strengthening the tooth enamel. People tend to overlook the fact that their teeth are living features inside the human body that need protection from harmful bacteria. Every day, your teeth are assaulted by millions of oral bacteria that create plaque on your teeth. When not removed daily by flossing, acid-laden plaque will create holes in your teeth known as cavities. Fluoride treatments help to strengthen the tooth enamel so that it is not as vulnerable and weak to daily attacks.
When asked about having fluoride applied to their teeth, many adult patients are shocked to learn that these treatments are available to them. They simply thought that only children benefited from fluoride treatments. While young children’s teeth are typically softer than the mature adult teeth, adult teeth are still susceptible to damage and decay. Adults who have a poor diet, who have poor oral hygiene, and who do not visit the dentist regularly can surely benefit from fluoride. These other characteristics can also be a good indicator as to whether you should ask about fluoride treatments: active orthodontic treatment, main source of water is well water, alcohol use, drug use (including tobacco use), an eating disorder, dry mouth, gum recession, acid reflux, or undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
At Taylor Dental & Implant Center, your healthy smile is our top priority. If you would like more information regarding the benefits of fluoride treatments and how they can help you protect your smile, call our practice today.
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