It may seem redundant to get fluoride treatment at the Dentist. After all, you get fluoride from our public water supply and foods that you eat. In addition, you use a toothpaste brand that contains fluoride in it. Even though you get fluoride from all of these sources it is very rarely enough. This is because the acids produced from bacteria in your mouth constantly corrode the minerals from the surface of the enamel.
Usually decay sets in when the amount of fluoride being leeched away by the acidic action exceeds the amount that is being supplied. Even if you get fluoride on a daily basis, there are certain health conditions that make one more susceptible to enamel loss and tooth decay. Fluoride is very important for children of 6 years of age and up. At this age children start losing their baby teeth, and is the onset of permanent tooth growth. During this period, a child should get sufficient fluoride so that the teeth will stay decay free.
For a long time it was believed that fluoride treatment was only for infants and young children. Recent research has shown that Fluoride treatment is also beneficial to adults. Getting a professional treatment is important for those who have certain health conditions. Some of these health conditions include:
-Gum disease, which leads to the exposure of the roots of your teeth. The odds of tooth decay increases considerably when the roots are exposed to bacteria.
-If you find that you have multiple cavities
-Dry mouth conditions. Saliva neutralizes the acids from the bacteria, corroding the enamel on the teeth.
Fluoride treatment at your dental office is an important part of your dental and overall health.