Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to build healthy teeth and prevents cavities from forming; it is not an artificial compound or some sort of medication.
It is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in rocks and soils, as well as in our vegetables and grains, and in both fresh and saltwater.
It’s been an essential oral health treatment for many years.
Fluoride promotes healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums; it also gives extra strength to teeth as they are developing so.
Fluoride is particularly helpful if you’re at high risk of having cavities.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria buildup on teeth and their supporting structures and forms sticky layers of plaque. Plaque produces an acid that wears away teeth and gum tissue.
If the plaque breaks down the enamel, cavities (or decay) can form and damage the tooth structure; this can eventually reach the nerve at the core of the tooth.
Risks of Cavities
If you’re at high risk for cavities, your North Lakes dentist may recommend a special fluoride rinse or gel to use at home.
Listed below are the conditions and practices that can increase your risk of cavities:
- excessive alcohol or drug use
- eating disorder
- poor oral hygiene
- lack of professional dental care
- imbalanced diet
- dry mouth, or decreased saliva production
- weak tooth enamel
Sources of Dietary Fluoride
Common sources of dietary fluoride include:
- tea (tea roots absorb the fluoride found in soil)
- food cooked in fluoridated water
- fish eaten with their bones
Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride works by replacing minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It can also hamper the growth of harmful oral bacteria and further prevent cavities.
Fluoride Treatment by your trusted North Lakes dentist
Your North Lakes dentist provides professional fluoride treatments in highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish forms.
The treatment may be applied by using a swab, brush, tray, or mouthwash.
The abovementioned treatments have much more fluoride than water or toothpaste. They only take a short time to apply.
You may be advised to avoid eating or drinking 30 minutes after treatment so the fluoride can fully penetrate.
Always give your dentist your complete health history so they can customise the right treatments for you.
While fluoride helps prevent cavities, restores minerals to tooth enamel, and prevents harmful bacteria build-up in the mouth, too much fluoride can cause complications.
Oral health greatly affects other body functions and overall health.
To take good care of your mouth:
- Gently brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Floss once per day.
- Limit intake of sugary and sticky snacks and beverages.
- Don’t smoke.
- Visit your North Lakes dentist regularly.
Fluoride Treatment at Passion Family Dental North Lakes
Passion Family Dental North Lakes is your trusted and experienced dentist, providing safe and effective fluoride treatments for you and your loved ones in North Lakes and surrounding areas.
Visit your North Lakes dentist now!
New Patient Professional Check-up and Clean for only $178
Call us at (07) 3465 1199 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.
Our regular hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For patients needing attention on Saturdays, Sundays, or after hours, call us to set an appointment.
We are located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.