Redmond Art of Dentistry provides fluoride treatment to their patients in Redmond, Bellevue, and Sammamish.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in many of our foods and water. We are constantly adding and subtracting minerals from the enamel of teeth in the process of demineralization and remineralization. In demineraliztion, minerals are lost when acids from bacteria in our mouth and sugar we consume attack the enamel. During remineralization, fluoride, calcium, and phosphates are added to the enamel from foods and water we consume. If we have more demineralization than remineralization, a cavity forms in the tooth. We use fluoride to help prevent cavity formation by remineralizing the tooth making the tooth more resistant to acidic attacks from plaque and food, and by disrupting acid production. In some cases, fluoride can remineralize a tooth which has decay that has not penetrated in to the internal dentin layer.
We can find fluoride in our local water, toothpastes, and mouth rinses. The widespread use of fluoride has greatly reduced the amount of cavities people get in the U.S. We recommend at the end of your cleaning appointment that patients receive a concentrated fluoride treatment to help defend against the demineralization process.
How often should I get fluoride treatment from the dentist?
We recommend that patients receive a fluoride treatment at every cleaning appointment.