One of the most important goals of practicing excellent dental hygiene every and sticking to regular checkup and cleaning appointments with your dentist is to help keep your teeth strong. When healthy, your teeth are the strongest parts of your body, designed to withstand the immense pressure of your bite without any trouble at all. However, this strength relies on many different factors, including the health and integrity of the highly resilient enamel that protects them. At our Redmond, OR, dental office, we can help fortify and restore weakened tooth enamel to help ensure that your teeth stay strong, and reduce your risks of developing a more serious concern such as tooth decay.
How does dental fluoride work?
The enamel that surrounds your healthy teeth is made almost entirely of mineral strands that are stretched to an ultimate resilience. It remains strong as your teeth supply it with ample minerals, such as calcium, but can grow weak when subjected to the acids produced by certain harmful oral bacteria. Keeping enamel strong means keeping it mineralized more often than it’s exposed to acid. Otherwise, it can grow too weak to protect your teeth. Fluoride treatment is the process of applying a mineral-based topical treatment to the surfaces of your teeth. The fluoride bonds to the mineral strands of tooth enamel, making it strong and resilient again.
When can your tooth enamel benefit?
If you keep your teeth consistently clean with good hygiene every day and refrain from consuming too many sugar-rich foods and beverages, you have a good chance of keeping your enamel strong enough to never need fluoride treatment. However, for most people, that isn’t always the case, and once tooth enamel becomes compromised, it can no longer be repaired. The best time to consider fluoride treatment is as soon as your dentist notices that your tooth enamel has grown weak. The sooner you strengthen, the less likely the enamel will become compromised and expose the tooth structure underneath it to harmful oral bacteria.
What can fluoride treatment help prevent?
When bacteria get past enamel and reach a tooth’s structure, the most common direct consequence is the formation of tooth decay. This describes an infection caused by the oral bacteria that grows increasingly worse over time, causing more and more damage to your tooth’s healthy structure. While tooth decay and the cavities it causes can be restored, your tooth’s long-term health benefits more if you prevent it from developing at all. With prompt and timely fluoride treatment, you have a much better chance at doing so.
Find out if you can benefit from fluoride treatment
When your teeth are weakened by oral bacteria and at higher risks of developing cavities, fluoride treatment may be able to restore their health and avoid the formation of decay. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.