For you to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, it requires that you take an active role. A healthy, beautiful smile does not simply happen – it is the choices you make that determine your entire health, including your oral health. Flossing and brushing are both essential elements of oral hygiene, as well as keeping dental visits twice a year. Yet, there is another element of protection that can keep your teeth healthy and strong between dental visits.
Fluoride treatments have been used by dentists for decades as a means to protect their patients’ teeth. Fluoride is a natural compound of the element fluoride, and it has long been known to prevent cavities by strengthening the tooth enamel and making it more resistant to the harmful effects of oral plaque. Plaque develops on the teeth as a sticky film throughout each day. Flossing is the most effective way to scrape plaque from the teeth, brushing helps to brush it away, and regular dental visits thoroughly remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. Most people are not avid flossers, and some people are simply more prone to developing cavities. Fluoride treatments are quickly and painless application procedures that help to keep cavities at bay.
If any of the following indicators apply to you or your child, fluoride treatments can provide great benefits to your oral health:
- Main source of water is well water
- Poor oral hygiene (including NOT flossing every day)
- Irregular dental visits
- Poor diet
- Acid reflux
- An eating disorder
- Dry mouth
- Gum recession
- Active orthodontic treatment
- The use of certain medications
- Alcohol or drug use (including tobacco use)
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
At Crabapple Dental, Dr. Sara Roberts wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile that will last for a lifetime. Fluoride treatments are an effective way to protect your teeth. Contact Crabapple Dental today to learn more.