Enamel, or the outer layer of your teeth, is made of densely packed mineral crystals. Every day, these minerals are lost in a process known as demineralization, and they are replaced through a process known as remineralization. When the process is balanced, your teeth remain strong and healthy, but the process can become imbalanced when the rate of demineralization outpaces the rate of remineralization. This leads to tooth decay and cavities. Our Los Angeles fluoride treatment expert may recommend fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Teeth are demineralized by the bacteria that live in plaque. They feed on the sugars in the foods you eat, and they produce acids that dissolve the minerals in your teeth. Minerals such as calcium, fluoride, and phosphate are then redeposited on the teeth through saliva and the foods you eat. Fluoride speeds the rate of remineralization and strengthens enamel. Our expert in fluoride treatment in Los Angeles can help you decide if fluoride supplements or topical treatments are right for you.
Fluoride Treatment Los Angeles
Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in some water supplies, and is even added to some public water supplies. Fluoride can also be found in meat, eggs, fish, and tea and is added to toothpaste, mouthwash, and other dental products. It not only speeds up the remineralization process, but it also interferes with the bacteria’s ability to produce acids. Our Los Angeles fluoride treatment expert may recommend fluoride supplements to children who are at a high risk of tooth decay. Topical fluoride treatments may be more appropriate for older children or adults who are at a high risk of decay.
These treatments may be available in the form of foam, varnish, or gels. Our expert in fluoride treatment in Los Angeles can apply them right in our office during your routine checkup or cleaning. They contain a higher level of fluoride than over-the-counter products and can be extremely beneficial to those with cavity-prone teeth or systemic diseases, smokers, and others who are at high risk.
Call us today to learn more about fluoride treatments or to schedule an appointment with our preventive dentist in Los Angeles.