The Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
What is a fluoride treatment? It’s a regular part of your six-month dental check up. The process serves to strengthen your enamel and prevents tooth decay. At Harmony Dental Health, we offer the treatment as a preventative measure, but it can serve to rejuvenate as well.
Why Would a Dentist Recommend Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a natural part of the human diet and can be found in meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, grains and water. While these natural sources can meet our day-to-day fluoride needs, higher concentrations are needed to prevent tooth decay. When you visit our dentist, you get the benefit of a professional fluoride treatment. However, we may recommend a personal or home treatment for the following reasons:
- Sensitive or exposed tooth roots
- Excessive or frequent sugar intake
- Poor to fair oral hygiene routine
- Inadequate dietary fluorides
- Deep fissures on teeth’s chewing surfaces
- Low saliva levels
- History of periodontal disease
Two Types of Fluoride
Systemic fluoride can benefit fully exposed teeth as well as those developing beneath your gums. This type of fluoride is readily available in many foods and community water supplies. However when needed, your dentist can recommend dietary supplements to better protect teeth. Because these measures target developing teeth as well, they are most frequently prescribed to children and teens.
For adults, topical fluorides are likely to be most relevant and common. The gels, rinses and toothpastes seep into your teeth’s outer surface to strengthen the enamel. Your dental professional will also apply a professional grade topical fluoride when you are in the office for you six-month check up.
Remember, Fluoride Treatment Is One Step
While fluoride is an important step in preventative oral care, it is not the ultimate solution to periodontal disease. Even with appropriate levels of fluoride in your normal oral hygiene routine, you must continue to floss and brush your teeth regularly to keep periodontal disease at bay. Ask your dentist what toothpastes, mouth rinses and other dental products are the best source of balance fluoride. Oral care requires a holistic approach, so don’t let your fluoride treatment do all the work alone.
Serving Fort Washington, Oreland, Ambler, Dresher & Surrounding
Take a proactive stance against periodontal disease with a fluoride treatment. Give Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania a quick call at 215.643.0363 to make an appointment the fits into your schedule. Also ask about a comprehensive dental examination to make sure your oral health is in excellent condition. If you have any questions, our professional team has the answers.