There are several steps you can take to promote the health of your teeth. Brushing and flossing are probably the two most recommended habits for every patient in Cheshire, CT to keep in order to enjoy strong and healthy teeth. Fluoride is another factor for keeping strong, healthy teeth. At Dr. Renee Kurtz DMD, we are proud to offer fluoride treatments to patients who would like a boost in maintaining their oral health.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in food. It helps to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. It does this by supporting the outer protective layer of the teeth, the enamel, and fighting the bacteria that can harm the teeth.
Fluoride can be found in a variety of foods and drinks, such as crab, grapes, potatoes, tea, and wine. Additionally, most major cities fluoridate their public sources of water, so people have access to the mineral by simply drinking water daily.
Patients who do not naturally ingest enough fluoride can receive a fluoride treatment to ensure that their teeth are healthy. At Dr. Renee Kurtz DMD, the form of fluoride we apply to the teeth is a varnish and is applied using a brush. Compared to over-the-counter products that contain fluoride, a fluoride treatment in Cheshire, CT contains much more fluoride.
By strengthening the teeth, fluoride helps to prevent cavities from forming. Also, fluoride restores minerals to areas of the tooth where erosion may have occurred. It doesn’t treat cavities, but it keeps any damage that has occurred from worsening.
Fluoride treatments are often recommended for children, because they are still developing healthy habits for cleaning the teeth, and they generally consume more sugar than adults, children are especially susceptible to developing cavities. At Dr. Renee Kurtz DMD we also recommend adults with recession and who have high cavity rates get fluoride treatments. By receiving a fluoride treatment, an extra layer of protection is provided for their teeth.