They have also been shown to have some benefits for adults as well. There are times, however, when fluoride treatments may not be the right option.
How it Works
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to keep your teeth strong. Your teeth are made up of minerals, and every day, some of those minerals are lost. Fluoride helps to speed the remineralization process, protecting your teeth from bacterial attacks.
Your teeth can be remineralized with fluoride from both the inside and the outside. Fluoride occurs naturally in small amounts in foods, is often added to city water supplies, and can be applied directly to your teeth to be absorbed.
Who Can Benefit
Anyone can benefit from fluoride treatments. They are often recommended for children, because their teeth are still developing. However, they can also be beneficial if:
|•||You have a history of cavities.|
|•||You have poor brushing habits.|
|•||Your diet isn't that great.|
|•||You don't visit the dentist regularly.|
When Fluoride Might Be a Bad Idea
Fluoride isn't always the answer, and can be a bad idea in some instances. This is because too much fluoride can result in a condition known as fluorosis. This condition causes small white spots on your teeth, which become permanent.
Children are particularly at risk for this. Ingesting too much fluoride can also make you feel ill. So, if you use fluoride toothpastes or mouthwashes, and drink fluoridated water, you may want to consider skipping out on a fluoride treatment.
There is also a lot of controversy out there over the use of fluoride. Many claim that is has no positive effects for your teeth, and can only cause harm, such as kidney problems, cardiovascular problems, and more. If you have concerns, don't be afraid to speak up.
To learn more about whether or not you, or your children, could benefit from fluoride treatments, be sure to contact our office today.