Prevention is a big focus of every good dentist. It’s usually easier to keep problems from occurring than it is to fix one after the fact — and when it comes to preventing cavities, your dentist in Lancaster has a lot of love for fluoride. This mineral gives tooth enamel a strong defense to keep it from weakening in the face of the acids, sugars, and bacteria smiles encounter on a day to day basis.
Fluoride is so well-known for its benefits to oral health that it has been added to most tap water sources throughout the US. It’s here in Lititz and Lancaster, too. But if you prefer to drink bottled or filtered water, you’re missing out on a healthy dose of the mineral — which could mean trouble, especially for younger smiles. Your dentist can apply a quick fluoride treatment at the end of a checkup and cleaning to help. Keep reading to find out the top 4 reasons to make sure you and your family are getting the right amount of fluoride!
#1: Kids’ Cavity Prevention
Children are some the most vulnerable to cavities. Between the ages of 6 and 14 or so, their tooth enamel is still hardening and, given children’s love of all things sweet and still shaky dental hygiene practices, that can mean trouble. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth enamel after sugars and acids weaken it, helping to prevent cavities and keep your little one’s smile healthy for the long haul.
#2: Cavity-Prone Adults
But fluoride isn’t only for children — adults who are at a higher risk of cavities can also greatly benefit from the preventive powers of a topical fluoride application. If you have dry mouth, smoke, or usually have at least one cavity per year, you should consider getting fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay.
#3: Reverses Early Decay
Fluoride doesn’t just help to prevent tooth decay, it can also actually help reverse it. If a weak spot in the enamel is caught in the very beginning stages, a fluoride application at your dentist’s office can help to remineralize and strengthen the area to stop the weakening and prevent the formation of a cavity altogether. Your dentist will also recommend brushing with a fluoride toothpaste to further strengthen the area and those around it.
#4: Fits In Every Budget
One of the final reasons we love fluoride is that it’s a highly affordable way to enjoy stronger, healthier teeth. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste that you buy for about $3 at the store and having a quick application applied at your dentist’s every six months or so will keep you from having to pay for fillings, crowns, and other restorative treatments later on! That’s a very wise decision for your smile — and your wallet.
About the Dentist
Dr. Sean Moriarty is a general dentist in Lancaster County providing comprehensive care for patients of all ages. To learn more about his preventive, restorative, or cosmetic services or to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one, you are invited to contact the office at 717-961-5767.