It may surprise you to learn that the strongest substance in your body is your tooth enamel. Made up of tiny crystals, your tooth enamel protects the dentin in your tooth and shields your smile from tooth decay and infection. However, as strong as your enamel may be, it can become compromised over time, primarily from the acids in the things you eat and drink, or the acid that is made from the bacteria in plaque interacting with the sugar in your diet. If that enamel becomes damaged, you can experience sensitivity in your teeth and even tooth decay.
If your city adds fluoride to your drinking water and if you use a fluoridated toothpaste, chances are that you are getting the fluoride you need. However, during a visit with our dentist, she can determine if you need additional fluoride. Professional fluoride treatments can be done with a gel, foam or a varnish. Our dentist may prescribe a fluoride rinse or fluoride supplements. If you are not using a toothpaste that contains fluoride, our dentist may suggest switching to a brand that does.
If you would like to learn more about fluoride treatments in Woodland Hills, California, call Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry at 818-347-1550 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathy Daroee.
Fluoride Treatment FAQ
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in water and many foods. It is nature’s cavity fighter and works to protect against tooth decay by strengthening the tooth enamel. For this reason, fluoride is often added to water supplies and to toothpaste and mouth rinses. Fluoride works by remineralizing tooth enamel and helps strengthen teeth as they develop, making this type of treatment important for children as their teeth grow in.
Who can receive fluoride?
Patients of all ages can benefit from fluoride treatment, especially if their teeth are prone to decay. Our dentist will examine your teeth during your regular visits to determine if fluoride is a good option for you. Fluoride treatments can be provided quickly and comfortably during your regular dental visits, and additional fluoride supplements may be recommended if necessary.
Is fluoride safe?
Fluoride is very safe for use and is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities. Please speak with our dentist if you have any concerns about fluoride.