Fluoride Therapy Ann Arbor
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element in your teeth. Every day, you lose fluoride, and every day, some is regained. Fluoride loss is the result of demineralization, which is when acids from plaque and bacteria attack your enamel. Loss of fluoride can lead to an increased risk for cavities. Fluoride is replaced through certain foods and fluoridated water. You can also find fluoridated oral care products (toothpastes and mouthwashes). At Embree Dentistry, we can further help with fluoride therapy.
Why is Fluoride Important?Oral bacteria and plaque both occur in your mouth naturally. However, an overabundance of bacteria and plaque, which produce acids, can be harmful to your teeth. Acid wears away at your enamel, which then causes small pits, or cavities. Bacteria can then hide out in the cavities and continue their damage. Untreated, cavities continue to grow. They can grow into the inner layer of your teeth, which can then lead to a serious infection. Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps your teeth to fend off acid attacks by plaque and oral bacteria. It can also help to reverse the early signs of tooth decay, helping to keep your teeth healthy.
Isn’t Fluoride for Kids?Fluoride is a common treatment for children, who are more susceptible to cavities. Fluoride therapy helps to protect their vulnerable baby teeth and developing adult teeth from bacterial acid attacks. However, adults can benefit from fluoride therapy as well. Fluoride is just as important for fighting tooth decay and cavities as it is for protecting developing teeth.
What Increases Your Risk for Tooth Decay?Some dental patients have certain conditions that put them at a greater risk of developing tooth decay and cavities. You may benefit from fluoride therapy if:
You may also benefit from fluoride treatments if you have a history of frequent cavities (one cavity every year, or every other year).
How is Fluoride Therapy Done?Fluoride therapy is a simple, straightforward procedure. It is completely pain free and does not require the use of a local sedative. Treatment involves a gel that is applied directly to the surface of your teeth following a cleaning. The gel is left on your teeth, and the fluoride absorbs directly into the enamel, remineralizing your teeth. In order for the treatment to be most effective, it is important to remember to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 30 minutes following the application of the gel.
If you are interested in learning more about fluoride therapy, and if can help protect your teeth, call Embree Dentistry today at (734) 973-0000.