Fluoride Procedures – Groveland, MA

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to both prevent tooth decay & even reverse it in the early stages. Fluoride acts by strengthening your enamel, which is the hard shiny outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer, more vulnerable dentin beneath. Fluoride can re-mineralize tiny micro-cavities before they have the chance to grow into larger cavities & cause problems.

There are numerous factors that lead to tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities, & there are many ways to prevent it. Tooth decay can be a significant problem for children as well as adults. Fluoride is a mineral that works on a microscopic level to prevent cavities & repair teeth by keeping them strong.

Many communities add a small amount of fluoride to their water in order to help the local population strengthen their teeth. Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods as well, including pickles, grape juice, spinach & tomatoes. Fluoride is also an ingredient in most toothpastes & some mouthwashes.

We recommend fluoride as a preventive treatment for children. Fluoride treatments are usually done at six-month cleaning appointments & usually take the form of a rinse or varnish that is applied directly to the teeth. We may also recommend fluoride treatments for adults who are a high risk of tooth decay.

At Groveland Family Dental Center, we offer professional fluoride treatments for children, who are often at higher risk for cavities because they have not yet adopted great oral hygiene habits. In-office fluoride treatment involves the dentist applying varnish to your teeth using a gel, foam, or a rinse. Fluoride strengthens teeth by remineralizing the enamel, which is the hard, shiny outer layer of your teeth.

And of course, we always recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.


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