For some of us, good dental habits such as brushing and flossing our teeth after waking up and before going to bed, again after a stringy meal or when we want to clean out a flavor like the double extra garlic breadsticks you got with your spaghetti, or even when we notice they feel a bit too furry, just seem to come naturally to us.
Taking good care of our teeth is something we take pride in, and when we sit down in the exam chair, we only expect good news when it comes to the integrity of our tooth enamel. Unfortunately for many people, no matter how well we do when it comes to oral health sometimes the dentist will notice a soft spot or an area where a cavity seems to be forming. Here at Harry Albers DDS, we have an excellent solution to helping prevent these issues when combined with the care you are already providing for your teeth.
Why Are My Teeth Getting Cavities?
Even with consistent brushing and flossing, sometimes people just get dealt a bad hand when it comes to dental genetics. Often lifestyle issues are the culprit: smoking and an unhealthy diet can also lead to the wear and tear of enamel before its time. When the enamel is strong, it is what protects all of the sensitive areas underneath the surface and prevents infection or decay from ever getting to the root. Without an ample enough supply of fluoride, the enamel can break down and go soft, allowing for bacteria to enter crevices they would not otherwise be able to get into. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen the enamel and allows for a greater barrier against the sugars that bacteria like to thrive on.
Fluoride Is Not Just for Kids!
With the bonus of having a delicious flavor to encourage healthy mouth care at a younger age, we also ensure none of the fluorides is swallowed, so you have no unnecessary concerns. What we do is apply the sticky gel to the surface of your teeth, leave it for a few minutes, then wipe it away. We do advise you do not eat or drink for thirty minutes after the treatment, but the good news is you only need this done with your regular bi-yearly appointments!
Even after having the procedure done in the office, fluoride is also available through other sources. You can find it in your toothpaste, most water fountains, in some foods such as your baked potato, and even in coffee and tea! While not enough to optimize your dental health, every little bit certainly helps.
Besides protecting your tooth from softening, fluoride has the added benefit of working against sensitivity and can even reverse mild stages of decay before it advances. If you have any questions regarding fluoride treatment or want to know if it is something you need, please give us a call at (707) 806-0545 to schedule an appointment! Here at Harry Albers DDS we are happy to help find ways for you to protect your teeth!