Fluoride Treatments

Since demineralisation causes tooth decay, fluoride plays a critical role in preventing this destructive process. The Hygienist will apply fluoride to your teeth after cleaning visits to finish off the cleaning treatment. This is part of our chemical weapons attack on plaque and benefits the teeth greatly as shown below.

 

 

 

THE ROLE OF FLUORIDE

 

Fluoride is a natural element that exists in varying concentrations in untreated ground water all over the world. Fluoride functions in the tooth structure in much the same way as calcium.
 

 

THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is much tougher & more resistant against acids (which is formed by plaque) than calcium.


It can also reverse early tooth decay lesions. This means when diagnosed with tooth decay, regular fluoride applications make sense to avoid any fillings.

Bacteria (S.mutans) are sensitive to fluoride and don't reproduce as rapidly and effectively in the presence of fluoride

It will help to re-mineralise areas on the teeth that have already been targeted by S.mutans. Re-mineralisation will help strenghten and desensitize these damaged areas.

 

 
These effects of fluoride are HIGHLY beneficial to teeth and this is why it is recommended worldwide.

WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT TO HAVE FLUORIDE TREATMENTS DONE WHEN VISITING OUR ROOMS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. After Scaling & Polishing
Mainly tore-mineralises the tooth’s structure and to make it more resistant against acid attacks
2.
Medium to High Risk

Patients to Develop Cavities

To prevent rapid reproduction of S.Mutans.

To re-mineralises the tooth’s structure
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The Child with Early Childhood Caries

To prevent rapid reproduction of S.Mutans.

To re-mineralises the tooth’s structure

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Preventative Treatments

All of the above

 


Fluoride is most beneficial when applying to the age groupyounger than 35, due to better absorbsion. 

The beneficial effect also applies in older teeth, just to a lesser degree.