Fluoride is a mineral that is present naturally in our teeth. It strengthens and protects them from decay. It is also used to prevent cavities and help restore the enamel.
There are several methods to get fluoride into the body, some of which are:
These supplements are tablets that are taken orally. They are the best way to get fluoride into the body if the teeth are too weak or damaged to apply fluoride through other methods. Supplements are beneficial for both adults and children.
Many dentists offer fluoride treatments in their offices. The dentist will clean your teeth, apply a topical fluoride gel on your teeth, and let them dry for a few minutes. The dried gel is then rinsed off, making your teeth stronger against decay.
Fluoride is an important ingredient in most of the toothpaste available. Most of them have a concentration of 1000 ppm of fluoride, which is the right amount to give protection to teeth from decay.
The dentist can use an oral rinse to treat cavities or gum infections. These rinses contain high concentrations of fluoride and are used only when recommended by the dentist. Patients should never use any type of oral rinse without consulting their dentist because it can cause discoloration or staining of the teeth's surface.
Fluoride is injected directly into the bloodstream by a dentist. This method is mainly used to treat children who do not receive any form of fluoride in their diet regularly. Injections also give immediate protection against decay for a few years. But it can also make you dependent on fluoride for the rest of your life if you do not increase your consumption of foods that have high fluoride content.
Fluoride is a mineral that is essential for strong tooth enamel and gums for people who are at higher risk for decay. For patients who are not getting enough fluoride from their diet, this treatment is recommended by dentists as it helps keep their teeth from decay and cavities. Patients wear these trays at home and use them overnight while they sleep. The fluoride in these trays can be directly applied to the teeth to fight decay and strengthen their enamel. The patient may experience mild sensitivity while using these trays but will get used to them after a few days of usage.
Please reach out to our dental practice at (303) 360-7462 or schedule an appointment online, so we can guide you further.