This message from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is about the importance of fluoride to your teeth.
Fluoride is an important mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the harmful acid that is formed by bacteria. We may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.
The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a quick and painless way to strengthen your teeth and preserve an attractive smile.
If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, ask us about fluoride supplements. We will let you know if they are needed and determine the precise dosage.
If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, ask about dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from cavities.
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