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Fluoride

Fluoride is considered as the most effective agent available in the field of Dental Science to prevent tooth decay.


Fluoride intake is very important when teeth are developing; it can be taken into the body in two ways –

  • The food and drink we consume or supplements.
  • Fluoride toothpaste, mouthwashes or when applied directly to the teeth by the dentist or hygienist.

Fluoride works in two ways:

  • 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. 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 as well as those that are developing under the gums. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

The Treatment includes:

  • The teeth will be cleaned to remove any food debris and staining.
  • A high-concentrate fluoride foam or gel is placed into an arch-shaped dental tray which is inserted over the teeth and left for the required time. Alternatively, a fluoride varnish is painted onto the tooth surface.
  • Nothing should be eaten or drunk for 30 minutes after the treatment to allow the fluoride to penetrate the teeth.

 

If fluoride is lacking in the diet, the teeth will be prone to tooth decay and cavities. Remember, fluoride alone never prevents tooth decay!  It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and don’t forget to visit your dentist on a regular basis for your dental health.

Know more about your Treatment Plan or book a consultation to discuss your options.

Call our friendly team on 03 5332 3043 or Email Us at info@bakeryhilldental.com.au to book a time that suits your schedule.

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