You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” “Fluoride toothpaste” is commonplace for good reason. Fluoride is an important mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpaste more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the detrimental acid that is formed by bacteria. Dr. Almeida may recommend a fluoride treatment along with your dental cleaning to improve your oral health in Lone Tree.
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 an easy and painless way to strengthen your oral health in Lone tree and it keeps your smile attractive.
While many Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in fortifying developing teeth in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. For this reason, fluoride treatments are sometimes recommended to adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or dental cavities. If you wonder if you or your child are getting enough fluoride, meet with Dr. Almeida about fluoride supplements. Dr. Almeida will let you know if they are required and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s counsel. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to tooth decay.
A factor that impacts the amount of fluoride your kids are receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your children may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated Colorado municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to think about supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands sold in the Denver area do not contain fluoride.
If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but still gets cavities, communicate with Dr. Almeida about useful dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from tooth decay. Dr. Almeida is dedicated to preventative dentistry with critical twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings that may include a fluoride treatment. Call 303-858-9000 to book an exam and cleaning and be on your way to improved oral health in Lone Tree. We provide premium dental care with a comprehensive menu of general and cosmetic dental services including mouth guards, porcelain veneers, and sedation dentistry.