A Few Reasons to Consider Annual Fluoride Treatments

Northampton Dental blog

Since fluoride is abundant in our municipal water supply and is an additive in most well-known brands of toothpaste and mouthwash, many people wonder if fluoride treatments are necessary. Found in the element fluorine, fluoride is a compound that is readily found in nature and has been used by dentists for decades to keep teeth healthy. Though fluoride treatments are optional, there are several key reasons why you may consider them for yourself or your children.

  • Maintain appropriate fluoride levels. Bacteria creates tooth-eroding acid in our mouths and the acid can break down and compromise the enamel, which is a tooth’s armor.Since teeth are always defending against bacteria and are constantly losing some fluoride via demineralization, replenishing fluoride is essential to your oral health.
  • Stop tooth decay in adults. Periodically treating your teeth with fluoride can help protect against some of the natural processes of aging, such as weakening roots and receding gums, which can lead to oral infections and decay. Fluoride strengthens adult teeth.
  • Prevent cavities. Children are especially prone to cavities as teeth are still emerging throughout childhood. Fluoride partners perfectly during tooth development because it helps to fortify enamel, which is the hard exterior layer of teeth. This process strengthens teeth to fight against the cavity process.
  • Replenish minerals.The main benefit of fluoride is that it is easily absorbed into the mineral structure of the teeth and makes them stronger and more resistant to plaque and decay.

At Northampton Dental, we are passionate about helping you be proactive in the effort to safeguard your smile. If you have concerns about the health of your teeth or gums or want to schedule a protective fluoride treatment to guard your teeth for many years to come, please call our office today. We look forward to serving your soon!