Children often receive fluoride treatments during their dental checkups, but many patients stop receiving fluoride as they get older. This is a problem because fluoride strengthens your teeth against tooth decay and needs to be ingested regularly throughout your life.
Your body’s defense against cavities are the mineral crystals in your tooth enamel, but these crystals are constantly under attack by the harmful acids that form when sugars in food mingle with the bacteria in your mouth. Your body replenishes these crystals through the calcium and phosphate in your saliva and the fluoride you receive from natural sources.
Everyone needs fluoride–children because their smiles are developing, and adults because they often take dry mouth-causing medications, develop gum recession that can lead to gum disease, or receive dental work such as fillings or crowns.
You can receive all the fluoride you need from fluoridated water and by using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes. However, if our dentist notices signs of fluoride deficiency, he may recommend fluoride treatment or a supplement.
We invite you to call 918-224-0369 today and schedule a visit to Carletti Dentistry and Associates if you are interested in learning more about fluoride treatment in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, or have any dental health questions for Dr. J Andrew Carletti. We would love to hear from you!