Fluoride has been used for decades to help encourage healthier smiles, and these treatments are offered by us here at the Dentists of Hinsdale Lake. Here is a look at a few of the most common questions patients have about fluoride treatment.
Why are fluoride treatments beneficial?
Your mouth is teeming with bacteria, even if you brush and floss on a regular basis. While the majority of the bacteria in your mouth has a job to do, such as breaking down your food, bad bacteria can be present as well. Unfortunately harmful oral bacteria can pose risks to your smile. These bacteria can break down the hard, protective enamel of your teeth over time. Fluoride works by helping to remineralize your teeth so the enamel hardens and harmful bacteria cannot break through so easily.
Can adults get fluoride treatments too?
Even though most people assume that children are only able to get fluoride treatments, people of any age can have the treatment performed on their teeth. The primary reason the treatments are most common with pediatric dental patients is the fact that children can be more prone to cavities. Nevertheless, some adults can have similar concerns and just about everyone can benefit from treatments that strengthen the enamel of their teeth. A few medical conditions that may mean an adult may need to consider fluoride treatment include:
- Eating disorder or poor dietary choices
- Drug or alcohol use
- Decreased saliva production
Is fluoride treatment safe?
Fluoride treatment is considered to be safe when done by a professional. Fluoride poisoning can only occur if someone utilizes or ingests too much fluoride during a treatment, which would be a rarity. In the event someone is exposed to too much fluoride, the overexposure can lead to:
- Bone density problems
- White spots on adult teeth
- Pitting of dental enamel
With these risks in mind, it is easy to see why fluoride treatments should only be entrusted to a qualified professional.
Find Fluoride Treatments in Willowbrook, IL
When you want to do something to contribute to preventative care, fluoride treatments are a quick and easy solution. The treatment can be done at your Willowbrook dentist during a general visit and only takes a few extra minutes. If you would like to know more about fluoride treatment or other general dental care, reach out to us at the Dentists of Hinsdale Lake to discuss options or schedule an appointment.