The Royersford Dentist Offers Flouride Treatment In Spring-Ford, Limerick, Phoenixville, Trappe, Pottstown, Collegeville and More.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations. Check with your township to find out if your tap water is fluoridated. Unless you live within the Philadelphia city limits, your water supply is probably not fluoridated. You may benefit from having topical or systemic fluoride application
Fluoride Treatment Works Two Ways
Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We get topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoride in a pill form, strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We get our systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies (if the community fluoridates it’s water). It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.
Are You Getting Enough Fluoride?
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. That is another reason why it’s important to get fluoride treatment in Royersford. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
- Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
- Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
- Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
- Recent history of dental decay.
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Dr. Eric Paster is The Royersford Dentist that also services Spring-Ford, Limerick, Phoenixville, Trappe, Pottstown, Collegeville and more. He specializes in many dental procedures ranging from Invisalign to Dental Implants and more. Call us now for any questions (610) 948-8518. To see a full list of our services and procedures, visit our services and procedures page here.