Instead of visiting the dentist to face the drill, imagine going in for a quick and painless treatment that helps prevent cavities. Sounds pretty great, right? Ask your dentist for a fluoride treatment for your teeth to help protect and remineralize enamel, helping reduce the likelihood of a cavity.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps build strong teeth and prevent cavities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that fluoridated water has reduced tooth decay by about 25 percent.
Benefits of fluoride and fluoride treatments. Fluoride has several benefits for the teeth:
It helps the body better use minerals, such as calcium and phosphate. The teeth reabsorb these minerals to repair weak tooth enamel.
It joins into the tooth structure when teeth are developing to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, making them less vulnerable to bacteria and cavities for life.
It slows or even reverses the development of cavities by harming bacteria that cause cavities.
When taken together, these benefits may help to:
Reduce the risk of cavities
Slow the growth of cavities
Delay the need for expensive dental work
Prolong the life of baby teeth
Reduce the amount of time and money a person has to spend at the dentist
By preventing cavities and slowing the growth of bacteria, fluoride treatment may also:
Prevent gum disease
Reduce tooth pain
Prevent the premature loss of teeth
Fluoride treatments for kids According to Stanford Children's Health, children can begin getting fluoride treatments at the dentist once their first tooth appears. However, be aware that children under two years old should use a fluoride-free toothpaste.