To begin, let’s talk about what fluoride is and why we need it. Fluoride is an essential nutrient that the body uses for the development and maintenance of healthy and beautiful teeth. Fluoride can be used to strengthen your teeth even from below the gemlike ensuring that they are dense and the enamel of your teeth stays strong ignorer to avoid sensitivity, breakage, and discoloration. You can receive the appropriate levels of fluoride need to maintain your teeth through tap water, vegetables, and special supplements. Even after the teeth erupt from the gum line, use of topical fluoride is also beneficial, especially for younger patients that are barely getting their teeth in. There is also a variety of specific uses for fluoride, three of which we will discuss in the following article.
Most children are given fluoride treatments at the end of their dental appointments because they are the most susceptible to tooth decay. In order to keep your tooth healthy and fortifying it, fluoride works wonders to place a barrier, if you will, up against possible problems.
Dental sensitivity can be a big hassle for many patients, keeping them from eating and drinking foods they like. To build up your enamel and get control over what you can eat again, fluoride treatments given by your dentist are the best way to go.
For those of us that wish to have a bright, beaming smile, whitening can seem like an amazing solution. However, if you have sensitive teeth, this whitening can come at an expense most are unaware of. The way whitening works is by slowly stripping your enamel to attack under-the-surface stains that make your teeth yellow. If you have sensitive teeth already, whitening can be a bit of a painful process, but using fluoride before any treatment will definitely help in curbing some of the pain.
If you or a member of your family is interested in fluoride treatments, be sure to give our office a call here in Houston, TX. Dr. Bowman would love to meet you and help you with any of dental needs.