Fluoride Treatment in Spring, TX
Fluoride Treatment in Spring, TX

Think you may benefit from fluoride treatment in Spring? Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps strengthen teeth enamel. It can be found in various foods and water (most community water sources are now fluoridated) as well as in toothpaste and rinses, and in fluoride tablets, which are available to children who do not get fluoride in their water. Contact us today to schedule your fluoride treatment in Spring.

About Our Fluoride Treatments in 77379

Enamel is the outer layer of the crown of a tooth that protects the tooth. It goes through processes of demineralization (breaking down) and remineralization (building up) every day. If demineralization occurs and minerals are lost without being built back up, tooth decay occurs. Fluoride helps to speed remineralization, strengthening the enamel and therefore the teeth. Fluoride also helps to stop bacteria from producing acids.

Types of Fluoride

At home, fluoride can be applied to the teeth via toothpaste and rinses (both over-the-counter and in higher concentrations with a doctor’s prescription). In a dentist’s office, fluoride can be applied to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish. These forms have the highest concentration of fluoride.

  • Varnishes are painted onto the teeth.
  • Foams are put into a mouth guard, which is then applied to the teeth for one to four minutes.
  • Gels can be painted directly onto the teeth or applied via mouth guard.

These forms of fluoride that are absorbed by making contact with the outside of the tooth are called topical fluorides. Dental office fluoride treatments are commonly given to children as their teeth are developing, especially those with a history of cavities or at high risk of tooth decay, but are also available for adults.

Fluoride can also strengthen teeth from the inside out, by being swallowed and entering the bloodstream to become part of permanent teeth. This is called systemic fluoride and helps make teeth stronger as it makes it harder for acids to destroy enamel. Fluoride supplements (liquids or drops for younger children and tablets for older children) must be prescribed by your pediatrician or dentist. Schedule your fluoride treatment in Spring, TX, 77379 today!

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