Why do I need fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that does a number of important jobs in helping us build and protect our teeth. It helps prevent tooth decay by protecting teeth from the acids that stem from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride also helps remineralise teeth that have been affected by decay and helps to reduce acid production in our mouths.
In children under 6 years of age, fluoride actually helps build permanent teeth, even while they’re still growing, and helps make enamel stronger. While your child’s teeth are developing, we’ll recommend fluoride treatments at least once per year, and sometimes at both cleaning appointments to help build your child’s teeth. This is an easy way to give your child’s teeth some added protection.
Fluoride is sometimes found in small amounts in the water we drink, but it may not be as much as we need to build and protect our teeth. For this reason, our doctors may recommend an in-office fluoride treatment to be incorporated into your routine cleaning and check-up appointment. With routine cleanings, check-ups, and fluoride treatments, we can help you avoid many dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.