Flouride Treatments Phoenixville PA
Liberty Dental Group
Fluoride is a natural element that can be found in many things, like the water we drink and the food we eat. Decades ago, scientists began to notice that children, who lived in places where fluoride occurred naturally in the water, had fewer dental cavities. Fluoride that is swallowed (tablets/drops) is used by the cells that build your teeth to make stronger enamel (the outside layer of the tooth). Topical fluoride that is applied to the outside of the enamel (fluoride varnish from the dentist and toothpaste) – makes the crystals that form enamel more durable.
Tooth enamel crystals that have fluoride are harder and much more resistant to acid. Harder teeth equal stronger teeth and fewer cavities. When Angeli Agarwal, DMD, Surendra Singh, DMD, Roland Biron, DMD, Kenneth Bosch, DMD, Justin Silvestre, DMD, Yvonne Hart, DDS, Ang Li, DMD, PhD or Reem Abdulrahman recommends a fluoride treatment during your next dental visit, you’ll be receiving topical protection in a varnish format. Because a varnish format of fluoride is sticky is has the added benefit of staying active on the teeth for a longer period of time in addition to less being swallowed during treatment.
Fluoridated toothpaste is an important part of cavity prevention. However, it must only be used after your child has learned to spit it out. This is usually around age 3 or 4. Swallowing to much fluoride can lead to fluorosis (white spots on the teeth).
Phoenixville and many of the surrounding areas don’t have fluoride in their water. However, some areas do have a small amount. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that system fluoride be taken until age 16. Ask you dentist or doctor about a fluoride prescription at your next dental visit.