While commonly associated with children, cavities are one of the most common dental issues experienced by individuals of all ages. Approximately 91% of patients have experienced at least one cavity in a permanent tooth. Even though cavities are common, they are also preventable. However, some individuals are more at risk than others. Bisson Dentistry can help to prevent cavities with fluoride treatments.
What are the Risk Factors for Cavities?
While cavities can affect anyone, regardless of age, there are certain factors that can increase your risk. Common risk factors for tooth decay and cavities include:
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is an element that is found in your teeth. In addition to other minerals, such as calcium and phosphate, it is essential for tooth strength. While it exists naturally in your teeth, fluoride is leeched from your teeth every day through a process called demineralization. This is a process in which fluoride and other minerals are lost. These elements are also replaced daily as well, through a process called remineralization.
Why is Fluoride So Important?
Fluoride is an important element for protecting your teeth from the acid attacks of plaque, bacteria, and certain foods. By defending your teeth against acid erosion, fluoride helps to prevent decay and cavities. As long as you are replacing the same amount of fluoride that is lost every day, your teeth can resist decay. However, if you are losing more fluoride than you are replacing, this is when the risk of decay increases.
Fluoride can be found in several sources. It is found in trace amounts in certain types of foods. It is available in treated tap water. Fluoride can also be found in fluoridated oral care products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash. For many people, these sources are enough. For those who do not get enough fluoride, however, we can provide fluoride treatments.
How are Fluoride Treatments Done?
Fluoride treatments are simple, quick, and completely painless. Following a thorough cleaning of your teeth, a fluoride gel is painted onto the surfaces of your teeth. The fluoride in the gel then absorbs into the enamel of your teeth, where it goes to work strengthening your teeth and enabling them to more effectively fend your teeth from acid erosion. The gel does not need to be removed or rinsed off. It is recommended that you do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes following the application of your fluoride treatment, however, to ensure optimal benefits.
Fluoride treatments provide you with an additional layer of protection against decay and cavities, helping to keep your teeth strong and healthy. For more information, and to find out if fluoride treatments are right for you, call Bisson Dentistry at (226) 299-0713 today.