The outermost layer of your teeth is called enamel. This is a dense, pearly white dental armor, protecting inner layers from decay and infection. Sometimes, however, bacteria can break down its defenses. That’s where fluoride comes in. Fluoride is like a blacksmith for your tooth enamel. This natural mineral can repair and rebuild your dental armor so it is better fortified against bacterial attacks.
You can expose your teeth to fluoride in two main ways: systematically and topically. Systematic fluorides can be swallowed. Many cities fluoridate their water to help their citizens have healthier teeth. Many foods naturally contain traces of fluoride. You can even buy fluoride supplements. Topical fluorides consist of fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouthwash and fluoride treatments at Blakeney Dental.
If your or one of your family members’ dental armor is broken down, fluoride treatments are like taking them to the blacksmith’s shop. It is a particularly powerful method and rather convenient, as they can be carried out at the end of a dental checkup and normally takes just a few minutes. Afterwards, you will not want to eat, drink or rinse your mouth for at least half an hour so the fluoride can do its magic without disruption.
Fluoride in healthy doses can do wonders for your smile. To get a fluoride treatment from Dr. Mark Ranzinger and his capable staff, you can phone us in Charlotte, North Carolina at 704-541-8600. You can get fluoride every 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on the condition of your tooth enamel. We may also advocate other preventative measures, especially if your risk of tooth decay is particularly high, such as over the counter fluoride products. Call us today!