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What is flouride treatment
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element which helps to harden tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acid exposure. It helps protect against cavities (caries) and can reduce tooth sensitivity.
Many people are aware that topical (applied to the surface of the teeth) fluoride is commonly applied for children’s teeth – but fluoride can also be a beneficial part of a preventative dental regime for a variety of adults.
Pediatric Dental Care
Fluoride is generally recommended twice a year for children through their adolescent years to help prevent cavities. A dentist is the best person to assess the patient’s individual risk for cavities, and the developmental status of the patient’s teeth.
Fluoride Treatment for Adults
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The premier dental team at Portland Family Dentistry keeps up with the latest industry education and news. We know that the scientific study has shown the extensive benefits of fluoride in the prevention of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop cavities from developing, and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.
The grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, particularly molars, are prone to decay.
As part of prevention, Dr. Agee often recommends tooth sealants. These are protective coating which are painted onto teeth in those grooves, preventing food debris from sticking in them and causing cavities.
Sealants are quick, easy, and painless for all patients, kids and adults. Add to this the fact that dental sealants are incredibly durable, lasting for several years before a reapplication is required, and have no impact on a patient’s ability to eat, drink, or speak, sealants are an obvious treatment to include into a preventative dentistry program.
Periodontal, or gum disease progressively destroys the gums and jaw bone, which support your natural teeth. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque, the yellowish film that sticks to your teeth along your gum line.
Bacteria found in plaque irritate your gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Prolonged irritation can cause inflammation and infection that the body tries to fight off. The bacterial infection, along with the body’s defense against that infection, can cause deterioration of the bone and soft tissue that hold teeth in place. If this process goes untreated, it can lead to loosening of teeth and eventual tooth loss.
Plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar) if not consistently removed each day. Periodontal disease is best prevented thorough daily brushing and flossing of your teeth, along with regular routine visits to see our NE Portland dentist.
Scaling and root planing, sometimes called a deep cleaning, is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This method allows Dr. Agee and a registered dental hygienist to provide a thorough cleaning of the teeth and root surfaces, preventing progression of the disease.