Daily flossing and brushing are the two best ways to maintain excellent oral and dental health. If you add regular visits to a local Ottawa dental professional your mouth will remain in prime fighting (or rather, biting) shape. However, sometimes that may not be enough.
Throughout the course of a day we take our mouths through the ringer. Talking, eating, coughing, etc can really give our mouth muscles, jaw and teeth an intense workout. When it comes to our teeth specifically they are built up and broken down all the time. This process (known as demineralization and re-mineralization) refers to the stripping and re-adding of fluoride to our teeth. Fluoride is a very important part of healthy tooth development as it helps to strengthen the enamel that protects them.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water and many foods. It helps strengthen teeth to prevent tooth decay. There are instances where because of the nature of a person’s teeth (either naturally or because of a procedure) a boost in the amount of fluoride that is being applied to the teeth is required. Those who are considered the best candidates for a fluoride application are as follows:
Children and Teenagers
Young peoples bodies are constantly growing and developing which means that it is imperative that they receive the right amount of fluoride. If for whatever reason they weren’t able to absorb enough from a healthy balanced diet, an additional fluoride application from a dental professional would be something to consider.
Those who suffer from chronic dry mouth (either naturally or because of a reaction to specific medications they may be taking) would definitely benefit from fluoride applications, as they would be more susceptible to tooth decay without it.
If you are someone who is prone to cavities or have had prior procedures that may increase your chances of developing decaying teeth would also want to consider a fluoride application done.
If you fit into any of those categories, or just want to find out more about the benefits of fluoride applications, make sure to speak to a dental professional at your local Ottawa dental office.