Why Do You Need Fluoride Treatments?
Do what it takes to protect your smile for life. You probably remember getting fluoride treatments as a kid. Your dentist would fill a mouth guard with a special gel. Then you would bite down on for 10-15 minutes. It wasn’t exactly unpleasant, but you’re probably glad fluoride treatments aren’t a part of your dentist appointments any longer. But should they be? The truth is that there are benefits to getting fluoride treatments at any age:
Protect Against Tooth Decay
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that the body uses to surround the teeth in a tough and strong protective layer. Each day you take in fluoride though the things you eat, and lose fluoride through acids and sugars breaking down the protective barrier on your teeth.
If you are losing more than you are taking in, it leads directly to tooth decay. This is the first symptom of a number of more severe oral health problems. If left untreated, tooth decay can ruin your smile, cause you a lot of pain, and compromise the health of the rest of your body. Fluoride treatments as part of a regular oral health regimen are a great way to avoid tooth decay.
Lower Your Dentist’s Bills
Most dentists recommend that all patients regardless of age receive fluoride treatments. Most, however, don’t include one as part of the regular checkup and cleaning, especially for adults. That means you will pay extra to get the higher level of protection.
But compare that to what you would pay if tooth decay became a persistent problem for you. The cost of ongoing care and treatment adds up fast. Plus, you’re forced to spend a lot more time sitting in a dentist’s chair. The modest amount you spend on fluoride treatments can save you a whole lot more down the road.
Preserve Your Smile
There are a lot of factors that comprise the look of your smile – diet, oral care, genetics, etc. None of them are made better if you suffer from tooth decay. Fluoride does not lead directly to whiter, straighter teeth, but it can help you fight off the forces that lead to discoloration, misalignment, and gaps.
Your smile, like every other part of your body, ages as time goes by. You could be brushing and flossing diligently, and your smile would still lose some luster over time. Getting regular fluoride treatments throughout your adult life are a great way to fight back against the forces of time. Remember that it’s a lot easier and cheaper to preserve your smile rather than trying to restore it.
All the Dental Services You Need
If your teeth could benefit from added fluoride, the team at The Happy Tooth is here to help. Fluoride treatments are more effective, faster, easier, and more comfortable than ever. Make an appointment today at The Happy Tooth, and access all the dental services you need to ensure lifelong oral health.