Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. It is essential in preventing tooth decay by making your tooth less susceptible to acid attacks from plaque and sugar in your mouth.
Fluoride treatments are an extra layer of protection for your teeth. If you are prone to getting cavities, Fluoride treatments are a great way to prevent them from developing in the future. Especially if you have had restorations done within the last year due to decay. Dr. Gilsdorf may recommend getting fluoride treatments every six months to protect your teeth.
Fluoride is applied to your teeth topically and help to re-mineralize tooth enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Certain prescription medications reduce saliva flow or otherwise create a dry mouth. This will increase your cavity risk and may be a good reason to look into fluoride treatments as an extra layer of protection. Fluoride also helps with sensitive teeth caused by diets high in acidic food and beverages, gum recession, or use of tooth whitening agents. If one or more of these conditions applies to you, consider requesting a topical fluoride treatment at your next dental visit. Dr. Gilsdorf and our team are happy to discuss whether you might benefit from a topical fluoride application.