Fluoride treatment helps in dental treatment in the following ways: it kills bacteria residing in plaque, and it also cuts short the enhanced rate of enhancement in the increase of some pathogens in the area; it also cuts short the amount of plaque deposition; it reduces tooth sensitivity.
The following people stand to gain from fluoride treatment: chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients; those who are on a variety of medicines; those who have dental crowns; those who have old fillings in their teeth; those who have a diet very rich in sugar; those with a high acidic content in their food intake; those with sensitivity in their teeth; those who are wearing removable appliances; those with dry mouth conditions; those having receding gum-line issues; those on orthodontic treatment.
The following fluoride treatments can work:
Fluoride varnish – this is a protective coating which is in a way painted onto the teeth. It prevents new cavities formation and even helps in preventing new cavities from forming. It is so safe that it can even be used for small children who have milk teeth. The varnish is glued onto the surface of the teeth and stays in place only until the time brushing is not done. Nonetheless, its advantages last for many months.
The water we use for brushing can be fluorinated. This has to be done at the level where the water supply is coming from.
- The toothpaste we use may be fluorinated.
- One can go in for fluoride prescription products.
- One can go in for fluoride gel treatment as well.
Speaking, fluoride is an element which occurs naturally. It helps a lot in the strengthening of the teeth. Also, it prevents tooth decay by a big margin. It is best to use multiple sources of fluorides to have enough of it in our system. Small quantities of fluorides are present in water. Certain food items like meat, fish, eggs and tea leaves have fluorides in them. Even several brands of mouth rinses have an active fluoride ingredient in them. One can even have access to fluoride tablets which are prescribed for children, especially those who do not have access to fluoridated water.
It is important to understand that the outermost layer of the tooth is called enamel. It has some minerals in it. However, it loses minerals on an everyday basis. This is called demineralization. It also regains minerals via the food and water intake and other supplementary means. These two processes should ideally balance each other. Fluoride is an ingredient which helps in the process of remineralization. Thus, it goes a long way in making the tooth enamel stronger. Fluoride can help in tooth strengthening in two ways – inside as well as outside. Outside fluoride absorption can be done by fluoride treatment by the dentist or by brushing with a fluorine-based toothpaste and even by using fluorine-based water. Fluorine can be ingested via tablet form by increasing its quantities in the bloodstream.