Tooth enamel is a clear hard coating that protects teeth from daily use. Chewing, biting, crunching and grinding wear down this layer. Every day, natural minerals are deposited and removed from tooth enamel. Without proper mineral balance, enamel can break down completely causing tooth decay.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in food and water. In dentistry, it is used to prevent tooth decay by making enamel more resistant to attacks from plaque bacteria. It is important for children to be exposed to fluoride so that the resistance buildup begins when their permanent teeth come it. But because of its decay fighting abilities, fluoride is helpful in adult patients as well.
If you have questions about how fluoride treatment can be beneficial to you or your family, please contact us today.