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Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in food and water which helps to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay, by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars.

If fluoride is lacking from the diet, the teeth will be prone to tooth decay and cavities.

The hard outer surface of the tooth is called ‘enamel’ and contains mineral crystals. Everyday, plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth attack the enamel causing it to weaken. This process is called ‘demineralisation’. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium and phosphate from the food and water we consume and the toothpaste we use, helps to strengthen the enamel. This process is called ‘remineralisation’. Fluoride speeds up the remineralisation process.

Fluoride intake is very important when teeth are developing; it can be taken into the body in two ways –

  • Food and drink we consume as well as supplements
  • Fluoride toothpastes, mouthwashes or fluoride treatment applied directly to the teeth by the dentist or hygienist.

Fluoride treatments are offered to children and adults who have a number of cavities or are at high risk of developing cavities. Fluoride treatments are a simple, cost effective treatment administered by the dentist or dental hygienist to help prevent tooth decay. Depending on your level of risk for caries, if you are a high risk patient you may also be recommended the use of nightly fluoride rinses to help combat decay. If you are nervous using fluride on such a regular basis you could also be advised to use an alternate product called toothmousee which is a product  made of milk which also helps the demineralisation process.

The Fluoride Treatment Process

  1. The teeth will be cleaned to remove any food debris, staining.
  2. A high concentrate fluoride foam or gel is placed into an arch shaped dental tray which is inserted over the teeth and left for the required time. Alternatively, a fluoride varnish is painted on to the tooth surface.
  3. Nothing should be eaten or drunk for 30 minutes after the treatment to allow the fluoride to penetrate the teeth.

Fluoride treatments are an important part of healthy teeth for both kids and adults. Fluoride treatments prevent further decay and strengthen existing tooth structure; therefore, almost all dentists recommend fluoride treatment for everyone.

For children – fluoride can be essential in strengthening their  adult teeth in the developmental stage to be stronger and healthier for life. For adults fluoride helps reminralize teeth that have been weakened by both sugar and acid attack.