Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in most foods and water, which can also help protect teeth against damaging acids and sugars. It works by strengthening tooth enamel, the outermost layer of a tooth that protects it from harm. It also reverses the early stages of tooth decay by making it more difficult for cavities to form in the first place. Although fluoride can be found in many foods and drinks, systemic fluoride treatments may be applied directly to the teeth as a gel or varnish. At Dynamic Dental Services, these treatments contain a higher fluoride concentration than the toothpaste patients can find in the grocery store. Systemic treatments are typically applied every six months to keep teeth strong and healthy.
Your teeth are constantly under assault by acids naturally occurring in your mouth. These acids contribute to tooth decay both directly by eating away at the protective surface of your teeth and indirectly by creating an acidic environment in the mouth that encourages bacteria to thrive.
However, when toothpaste has fluoride, it creates a resistant barrier that protects against acid exposure's harmful effects on oral health. This protective layer is remineralized over time, which helps to protect your smile against future damage.
Fluoride treatments are crucial for kids and adults with a high risk of cavities or weakened enamel. The treatments are painless and help keep your teeth protected from decay. A dentist will apply the fluoride to the teeth with a small brush, allowing it to penetrate the enamel. This treatment only takes a couple of minutes per surface. Once finished, patients will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for thirty minutes to allow the fluoride to harden onto the teeth’s surface. Fluoride treatments are proven to reduce tooth decay by a large percentage. Applying the treatment truly saves your smile!
For the best dental care tailored to your particular needs, contact Dynamic Dental Services at 5401 S. WENTWORTH AVE. #200, Chicago, IL 60609, or call (773) 538-6191 to schedule an appointment.