From the time babies get their first teeth, their enamel begins to be worn down by acids produced by plaque. This process is called demineralization. Fluoride is an important mineral that not only resists the loss of enamel, it helps to rebuild it – remineralization. This is why we offer fluoride treatments for both children and adults at CITIDental High Street.

Even as adults, there is a constant battle on the surfaces of our teeth between demineralization and remineralization. Brushing and flossing to remove plaque helps reduce the loss of enamel, but does not stop in entirely. Destruction of enamel eventually results in cavities and tooth decay.

Countering this is remineralization, in which minerals such as calcium and phosphate combine to repair and rebuild enamel. Fluoride also assists in remineralization to create stronger enamel. Additionally, fluoride helps counteract the effect of the bacterial acids that eat away at the teeth, not just preventing cavities but partially filling them in. Because of this, fluoride is widely recognized by dental professionals as an essential part of preventive dentistry.

How To Get Fluoride

Like most cities in the U.S., Boston fluoridates our drinking water to provide people with this added defense against cavities. Fluoride is also added to many toothpastes, and brushing regularly with these is a good way to get some of the mineral into your teeth. To properly prevent cavities, however, it’s important that fluoride is allowed to stay on your teeth where it can do good. That’s why we use gels and varnishes with a high concentration of fluoride to coat your teeth for maximum exposure.

Who Needs Fluoride Treatment?

It’s a good idea for children to receive fluoride treatments, especially between the ages of 6 months to 16 years. This is when baby teeth and permanent teeth are still developing and need the added strength fluoride provides. Even adults benefit from additional fluoride. To help you have the strongest, most resilient teeth possible, we at CITIDental High Street recommend that most people receive fluoride treatments during your six month dental checkup.

Fluoride Treatments At CITIDental High Street

Fluoride treatments are a vital part of preventive dentistry that slow and can even help reverse the loss of tooth enamel and thus prolong the life of your teeth. To find out more about your fluoride treatment options and get an important boost in the defense of your teeth against bacteria, contact CITIDental High Street today for an appointment. We’re conveniently located near South Station in Boston’s Financial District. We look forward to meeting you and creating a lifelong partnership for your dental health.

Why Choose CITIDental High Street

At CITIDental High Street, we are dedicated to excellence in comprehensive oral health and dental care services. Our goal is to meet all your needs with the talents and skills of different specialties in one office – that is what comprehensive means. We offer a complete range of cosmetic services, preventive care, and restorative care right in the heart of the financial district. Contact us today for an appointment.

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