Brushing and flossing are well known for being our first defense against periodontal disease and tooth decay. Fighting bacteria and keeping our teeth strong and healthy also require that we visit a dentist regularly, for checkups as well as biannual cleanings. These visits help monitor your overall dental health and help prevent the proliferation of bacteria in the form of plaque and tartar from the enamel of your teeth. Here at Hanson Place Dental, our Boerum Hill general dentist can do all that and more. In addition to your routine dental checkups and cleanings, our team of dedicated dentists can also provide you with fluoride that will help restore your teeth enamel.
Fluoride is a mineral natural found in the food that we eat every day, this includes water as well. But these minerals are both added and lost from our teeth via two processes, remineralization and demineralization. Fluoride, calcium and phosphate are some of the minerals that we gain during remineralization from the foods that we eat, while they are lost during demineralization which occurs when acids formed by plaque and bacteria from starches and sugars attack our tooth enamel. Too much demineralization can weaken your tooth enamel, making tooth decay more likely. With weakened enamel, demineralization can outweigh remineralization, but that is where fluoride comes in. Fluoride nourishes your tooth enamel and can be easily applied directly to your teeth. It is often incredibly difficult to get enough minerals through simply eating better foods. Many natural foods contain other natural sugars and starches that are difficult to avoid and are necessary for our diet. Our Boerum Hill general dentist can apply fluoride directly to your teeth. This method is far more concentrated than over-the-counter toothpastes and mouth rinses. It can come in a foam, gel or varnish that is applied directly to your teeth.
Fluoride varnishes are painted onto the teeth, whereas a foam is placed in a mouth guard that is then placed over your teeth. Gel can be applied in either form and depends on your personal preferences. All of these methods of applying fluoride will help restore natural minerals to your tooth enamel, making them more resistant to demineralization and tooth decay. Visit our Boerum Hill general dentist here at Hanson Place Dental today.