Adults and Kids Can Benefit from Regular Fluoride Treatments
Posted on 11/16/2020 by Advanced Dental Associates
The primary mineral in your enamel is hydroxyapatite, which has the chemical formula Ca5 (PO4) 3 (OH), where the hydroxyl (OH) group can be replaced by fluorine. Fluoride treatments utilize a paste or mouthwash to diffuse fluoride ions into your enamel so that they can regrow the hydroxyapatite crystals that comprise it. Read on to discover how you can benefit from regular treatments.
Benefits of Fluoride
Over time, your enamel wears down, or is corroded by the acids that you consume and that plaque produces; because fluoride works by repairing your enamel through crystal growth, it plays an essential role in preserving good oral health. If your enamel wears down too much, then you will experience problems such as cavities and other harmful effects of tooth decay. Fluoride treatment isn't only beneficial for adults whose enamel is getting dangerously thin, but it's also good for children; studies have shown that kids treated with fluoride were less likely to develop cavities as they age, with one study showing that fluoride treatment for one year lead to a 43 percent decrease in the likelihood of developing cavities.
In addition to recrystallizing your enamel, fluoride also slows the growth of bacteria in your mouth and can prevent gum disease. As you can see, regular fluoride treatments can significantly improve your oral health and lead to a better quality of life; studies have even shown that certain types of oral bacteria can end up in your bloodstream, where they can increase the concentration of C-reactive protein, which triggers inflammation and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you would like to tap into the benefits of fluoride treatments, and increase your oral health, then please call our office to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.