General and Cosmetic Dentistry

What is fluoride and why do I need it?

Modern diets have changed the way we need to care for our teeth in order to keep them healthy.

Sugary snacks and processed, starchy food consumption have increased dramatically in the last six decades. Sugar, starch, and acid create a detrimental environment for the enamel that protects teeth. Bacteria feed on sugars – found in sweets, pastries, bagels, crisps, crackers, cereals, and bread. Once bacteria begin to reproduce, they emit an acidic by-product that softens enamel. Once bacteria reach the inside dentin of a tooth, they can cause rapid decay and deterioration.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens enamel and re-mineralises teeth. Regular fluoride varnish treatments add an extra layer of protection to teeth and help prevent dental decay.

Many children benefit from regular fluoride treatments, but it can be useful for adults, as well – particularly for patients with deep grooves in their teeth or who suffer from gum recession.

If you experience tooth sensitivity regularly or after whitening your teeth, fluoride treatments can reduce sensitivity and make whitening your teeth or eating cold foods more comfortable.

If you would like to find out if you might benefit from regular fluoride treatment, we welcome you to ask at your next appointment or give us a call.

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