Fluoride Treatment Van Nuys
The enamel on your teeth needs minerals to stay strong and healthy. Every day, your teeth lose minerals through a process called demineralization, but your body works hard to remineralize the teeth with calcium and phosphate. Although most people know they need calcium for strong teeth, they may not realize that fluoride is just as important. Fluoride is often added to public water supplies, but not everyone has access to fluoridated water or may have other risk factors that can leave them vulnerable to dental problems. Our Van Nuys fluoride treatment expert may recommend fluoride treatments.
Fluoride works by making enamel harder and stronger, and it speeds the remineralization process. Additionally, it helps prevent oral bacteria from damaging teeth further. Fluoride can be absorbed from the inside, such as when you take a fluoride supplement or drink fluoridated water. This type of fluoride is absorbed by the developing teeth before eruption and can be incorporated in the structure of the teeth later. Fluoride can also be applied externally through fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. Our expert in fluoride treatment in Van Nuys can also use topical fluoride treatments to help harden teeth.
Van Nuys Fluoride Treatment
Our Van Nuys fluoride treatment expert may recommend fluoride treatments for anyone who is at risk of tooth decay. This includes children, but it also can include adults or those who smoke, take certain medications, have a history of man cavities or have numerous restorations. The fluoride can be applied right to the teeth in the form of a varnish or applied with a mouth tray similar to those that are used with teeth whitening treatments.
Regardless of whether or not you receive a fluoride treatment in our office, our expert in fluoride treatment in Van Nuys recommends using fluoride products at home as well. You need to use fluoride toothpaste every time you brush your teeth. You can finish with a fluoride mouthwash if you choose. For the best results, you should also choose tap water whenever possible since bottled water may not contain the fluoride you need for strong teeth. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Van Nuys.
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