Your teeth’s enamel layer is constantly going through demineralization and remineralization. During demineralization, minerals are lost when acids attack your enamel. Remineralization is when minerals are redeposited to your enamel layer from the foods and waters you consume. If there is too much demineralization without enough remineralization, tooth decay occurs. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel against acid attacks. Fluoride can also reverse early decay.
Fluoride is found in toothpastes, mouth washes, and many other dental products. Our dentists can apply a high concentration of fluoride to your teeth in our office. After a teeth cleaning, our dentists may apply fluoride in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Fluoride can be applied as a varnish, foam, or gel in a variety of flavors. Varnishes are painted onto your teeth. Fluoride in a foam form are put into a mouth guard and applied to your teeth for one to four minutes. A gel fluoride can be either painted on or applied via mouth guard.
Fluoride treatment is most important for children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years. However, adults also benefit from fluoride treatment. We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Tant.