Dentist in Mesquite, TX
Our dental team members at Bayside Dental in Mesquite, TX are happy to provide our patients with the highest quality of care possible. We offer a wide range of services and eagerly keep up with the latest advancements in oral health care. This involves educating our patients on their oral health and preventative methods. Fluoride treatments are essential in protecting your teeth and mouth. What is fluoride and why do our dentists encourage it? Continue reading on to learn more about fluoride treatment for you!
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in nature and may be used to help protect your teeth. There are a wide range of benefits and reasons why we encourage its use. One way fluoride helps is by seeping into the enamel and drawing the calcium and phosphate that’s naturally present in the saliva. The minerals boost the teeth’s natural healing process and make them more resistant to future decay. Fluoride is also used to stop sensitivity in adult teeth.
We assess your risk for caries (cavities) and may recommend fluoride treatment. Risk factors include dietary habits, the level of bacteria in your mouth, medical conditions and medications, saliva flow, and history of tooth decay.
Because it is a natural mineral, fluoride can be found in water and different types of food. It can also be found in toothpaste and washes. These can be found over-the-counter. For a stronger dose of fluoride, your hygienist may recommend a fluoride treatment in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish applied during your visit. Patients can also given a prescription for a concentrated fluoride that can be used at home. Speak to your dentist to learn of the benefits of each option and see which is the best for you and your smile.
We find that most patients benefit from the regular use of fluoride. Call our Bayside Dental office today to schedule your next appointment with our dentist and/or hygienist.