What are fluoride trays?
Fluoride is a water soluble, naturally occurring mineral. Fluoride can reduce your risk of tooth decay, as well as decrease sensitivity to hot and cold, or even to sugar.
Harmful bacteria is continuously accumulating in the oral cavity. You develop tooth decay when bacteria builds up on your teeth and gums, which forms a sticky layer of plaque. Fluoride can help to strengthen the enamel on your teeth in order to resist the attacks on your teeth by the bacteria. Additionally, a patient undergoing fluoride treatment reduces the ability of the bacteria in their mouth to continue to grow.
Fluoride is beneficial to both children and adults.
Fluoride Treatment Video:
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many foods, tap water, toothpastes, and mouthwashes, and is a key component in developing strong teeth and preventing tooth decay.
Over time, the enamel layer of your teeth can begin to deteriorate due to bacteria-producing acids, in a process called demineralization. Fluoride helps remineralize or add new minerals to the teeth to maintain strong enamel and prevent decay.
Your doctor can provide professional fluoride treatments to provide protection from tooth decay. These treatments contain a much stronger concentration than what is available in stores. The treatment typically involves your doctor placing a tray containing the fluoride solution in your mouth for a few minutes. Alternatively, the solution can be applied with a brush, cotton swab, or as a rinse.
The strength and type of fluoride treatment depends on the condition of your teeth and other factors. Your doctor will work with you to recommend a fluoride treatment that will best assist you in strengthening your teeth and preventing tooth decay.
Why do I need to use fluoride trays?
You increase your risk of developing tooth decay due to:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor diet
- Dry mouth/decreased saliva production
- Weak enamel
- Chemotherapy/radiation treatment
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Certain medications which can cause dry mouth
If you have a history of at least one cavity a year, or if you have gum disease, or if you presently have crown and bridge work, fluoride is very beneficial for your oral health.
Benefits of Fluoride Trays
Our dental team is here to help you understand if fluoride trays would be beneficial for your teeth. Why not make an appointment with your dental hygienist in our Dunedin office so that we can give you the best possible care for your dental health? Call us today!