Over time, a number of factors could leave teeth in both kids and adults vulnerable to tooth decay. Treatment is then necessary to avoid complications like dental infection, or even tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA, dentist will look at how we help strengthen and protect smiles with fluoride treatments.
How Does This Mineral Fight Cavities?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, one that has been shown to strengthen the outer layer of enamel. Your tooth enamel coats the teeth and is the hardest substance in the human body. However, poor oral hygiene and foods/drinks high in sugar could weaken enamel, allowing a cavity to form. Scientists discovered decades ago that water with high amounts of fluoride typically gifted the population consuming that water source with a lower rate of tooth decay than other communities. For years, nations around the world have added low levels of fluoride to drinking water, causing a reduction in cavities in both children and adults. Communities that have reversed this process and suspended the addition of fluoride have shown high rates of tooth decay in response.
The Treatment Process
When you and your little ones visit our office for a checkup and cleaning, we will fill a tray with fluoride in a gel form, and apply it to your teeth. The process only takes a few minutes, and helps ensure stronger smiles. For people of all ages with high risks for cavities, we may also provide an at-home rinse or gel to use.
Signs of Trouble
How do you know if you have a tooth at risk of developing tooth decay? As the cavity grows more severe, you may begin to experience tooth sensitivity, and eventually, a toothache. The pain will be persistent and grow more severe with time. If you attend routine checkup and cleaning visits every six months, then we will likely be able to identify decay in the earliest stages, before you even experience discomfort, and then administer treatments, such as a dental filling.
Other Steps to Avoid Cavities
Along with treatments, be sure you use a fluoridated toothpaste. Try to cut back on sugary beverages, such as soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit juice. You should also consume fewer snacks high in sugar, and make time for a checkup every six months. During this visit, we will clean the teeth, removing plaque that weakens outer enamel. At home, you should brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed for two minutes, and floss every night before too.
Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Talks Cavity Prevention
Our Vista, CA dentist’s office is ready to help kids and adults alike avoid the onset of issues like tooth decay, which could cause painful complications! For more information on keeping cavities at bay, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.