Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many foods and water. Fluoride helps fight tooth decay, so it is an ingredient in toothpastes and many other dental products. Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel, making it more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride can even fight and reverse the early stages of decay. At your next teeth cleaning appointment, Dr. Gerald Hansen and Dr. Austin Braun may apply fluoride in Reno, Nevada.
When children under six years old have fluoride treatment, the fluoride becomes incorporated into tooth development. In patients of all ages, fluoride helps remineralize the teeth. Minerals are lost from tooth enamel when acid attacks occur in the mouth. Remineralization occurs when fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited to the teeth through the foods we eat and the dental products we use.
Besides being available in toothpastes, fluoride can be obtained from Dr. Hansen or Dr. Braun in a gel, foam or varnish form. Fluoride applied in a dentist’s office has a much higher level of fluoride than toothpastes and mouth washes do. Varnish fluorides are painted over the teeth. Fluoride in a foam form is applied via a mouth guard. Gel varnishes can either be painted onto your teeth or applied with a mouth guard.
Feel free to contact Hansen Cosmetic Family Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.