Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from the enamel on your teeth. This occurs in two processes- demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost from a tooth (demineralization) when acids attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the tooth’s enamel layer from food and water consumed. When teeth are demineralized and not properly remineralized, the enamel is weakened and tooth decay begins.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by remineralizing teeth. I can also reverse early tooth decay. Our dentists at Quality Dentistry highly recommend the use of fluoride to remineralize teeth and prevent tooth decay.

You consume fluoride in your water and some foods, and you can also buy fluoride to be applied directly to teeth. Fluoride is available in toothpastes and mouth rinses, over-the-counter. Strong concentrations of fluoride require a dentist’s prescription. If you are in need of a strong fluoride prescription, our Downey, CA dentists will let you know.

At Quality Dentistry in Downey, we highly suggest using fluoride to maintain enamel health. It is important to expose children ages 6 months to 16 to fluoride, as this is the time-frame during which the primary and permanent teeth come in.

It is important to know that fluoride, while safe and effective, can be hazardous at high doses. The dose at which fluoride becomes toxic depends on weight, which is why it is especially important to supervise a child’s use of fluoride. In addition, fluoride in excess can cause enamel defects like white specks or streaks.

If you have more questions about the use of fluoride at our office, schedule an appointment with one of our great doctors! We have some of the best dentists in the Downey, CA area!