Fluoride Treatments in Columbia, MD
Fluoride is an effective way to prevent tooth decay. This mineral exists naturally in varying amounts among most foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well documented since its benefits were first realized over 50 years ago and are supported health and professional organizations across the world.
Columbia Gateway Dentistry provides treatment with fluoride in Columbia for patients who need additional protection against the development of cavities.
The Two Ways Fluoride Benefits Oral Health:
Topical fluoride - strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoride - strengthens the teeth that have erupted in addition to those that are still developing beneath the gums. When needed, fluoride can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. We also obtain systemic fluoride from the foods we eat and community water supplies. You can also find it as a supplement in health food stores if you or your child drinks bottled water that contains no fluoride. It is, however, very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests and not provide more than the recommended dosage. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, fluorosis, a condition that causes white spots to appear on teeth may result.
When Fluoride Treatment is Recommended
While most people receive fluoride from food and water, it is sometimes not enough to prevent tooth decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- A recent history of dental decay.
- Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
- Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
- Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
Fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is only in addition to brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, eating healthy foods, avoiding excess sugary snacks, and visiting us on a regular basis.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at our Dental office in Columbia MD, or to learn more about Fluoride treatments, please contact us today!