Fluoride – The Natural Cavity Fighter
Despite all the rumors about the harmfulness of ingesting too much fluoride, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there is not enough evidence to suggest that use of fluoride in small amounts is harmful enough to outweigh the benefits that it can provide to your overall well-being and oral health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that appears in many foods and water sources that we are exposed to. At Carson & Carson, DDS we recommend the use of fluoride treatments in small amounts to bolster healthy oral hygiene habits and prevent future cavities from forming. Call today to schedule an appointment at Carson & Carson, DDS (805) 983-0717.
Fluoride Treatment Helps Prevent Cavities & Tooth Decay
Before the addition of Fluoride to public drinking water, children suffered from 3 times as many cavities as they do today. Fluoride is a powerful tool that is utilized in the fight against tooth decay in modern preventative dentistry. It functions by naturally strengthening the enamel layer of your teeth which provides protection to the more vulnerable tooth structures underneath.Request Appointment
Demineralization & Remineralization
As teeth lose minerals throughout the day through eating and acid erosion from plaque, minerals like calcium, phosphate, and fluoride fight back by rebuilding the structure of teeth through the process of remineralization. With good oral hygiene habits, consuming too many resources that cause demineralizaton, without the proper balance of nutrients that cause remineralization, will cause tooth decay and cavities. With the addition of small amounts of fluoride to your diet, you can tip the scales back toward remineralization and help prevent tooth decay.
Products With Fluoride
As previously stated, fluoride is naturally found in many sources of food and water. However, there are also products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain levels of fluoride that sufficient enough to aid in the prevention of tooth decay. Since these products are unhealthy to swallow, they are not recommended for use with children under the age of 6 who are more likely to swallow toothpaste. Fluoride is highly effective and safe only when it used properly, at the right dosages. High dosages of fluoride are toxic, and its use with children should always be supervised. Although it is very difficult to ingest a lethal level of fluoride because of the low amount in over the counter products, you should always take caution by using it in only as instructed and in small amounts.Contact Us Today
Over exposure to fluoride in children can lead to dental fluorosis which is the discoloration of the enamel of teeth with characteristic small, white or brown spots. Excessive consumption of fluoride products in children where teeth are still developing can lead to discoloration and damage of the enamel layer. If the damage is minor, white spots can be seen in small areas of the tooth. If the damage is severe, brown spots, serious straining & discoloration, and pits or holes can be seen along the surface of teeth.
Professional Fluoride Treatment
At Carson & Carson, we offer professional fluoride treatments that have up to 10x the strength of over the counter fluoride products. These treatments are designed to treat individuals who are more vulnerable to developing tooth decay such as:
- Patients with poor dental hygiene habits
- Those who suffer from eating disorders – Consistent exposure to stomach acid erodes the enamel of teeth
- Individuals who abuse the use of tobacco or alcoholic products
- Anyone that refuses to get a professional dental cleaning at least once a year
- People who have exposed tooth roots
- Or any person undergoing neck or head radiation
Get your teeth professionally strengthened and whitened with a high strength fluoride treatment today! Call Carson & Carson, DDS today for affordable pricing on fluoride treatments to brighten your smile and strengthen your teeth (805) 983-0717. Get the best dental treatment in Ventura County from the Oxnard dentist with over 45 years of experience – Carson & Carson, DDS. We are available 24/7 for emergency dental treatments in Oxnard, California.Schedule an Appointment