What is fluoride?

fluorideFluoride is a natural mineral. It is found in water and many foods, and many communities also add fluoride to their water supply. Fluoride is known for its beneficial effects on teeth. Every day, your teeth are attacked and demineralized by acids and bacteria. When the tooth enamel is demineralized, it is compromised and can develop decay. Fluoride works to remineralize the tooth and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatment works in two main ways:

  • For children whose teeth are still developing, fluoride strengthens the teeth. Even if the teeth are under the gum line, fluoride can strengthen the teeth and make it more difficult for acids to demineralize them.
  • For teenagers and adults whose teeth are fully formed, fluoride speeds up the remineralization process and disrupts acid production.

Professional fluoride treatment is completely safe, and it can effectively protect your teeth from tooth decay.

Do I need fluoride treatment?

We suggest that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Our caring dentist, Dr. Tao Sun, may recommend additional fluoride treatment if your teeth are especially prone to decay. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more about fluoride in Apple Valley and Costa Mesa, California. We are dedicated to keeping your smile healthy!