Tooth enamel is constantly broken down and reformed on surfaces of the teeth in the mouth. Fluoride can assist in reformation of enamel components and strengthen them. Research indicates fluoride can help prevent cavities in children and adults in at least two ways:
- Making the tooth enamel stronger against the acids that is formed by bacteria and sugar
- Helping reduce the amount of bacteria on the tooth surface
Water fluoridation is a common practice in U.S. public water systems. However, bottled water, home treatment systems and private well water may not be fluoridated. The lack of fluoride for infants and children during the crucial formative years may contribute to tooth decay.
“Topical” applications, toothpastes and mouth rinses can supply bring the required fluoride to our patients. If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth, Little Heroes offers in office fluoride treatments to make sure all teeth receive the benefits of recommended dose of fluoride.