July 24, 2015
Your Lisle dentist, Dr. Frank J. Marchesi at Arbor Dental Care, stresses fluoride as a key component in dental health. Whether applied directly to the teeth or ingested in water and other sources, fluoride reduces the incidence of cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.
Lisle, Illinois implant dentist Frank J. Marchese DDS MAGD would rather prevent tooth decay and gum disease rather than have to use all the restorative dental skills and experience he has acquired. So, he recommends the application of fluoride to keep tooth enamel strong and healthy and to even help reverse decay in its earliest stage. Coming to Arbor Dental Care in the Lisle, Illinois area every 6 months for exams and cleanings is important as well.
Fluoride is a tried and true dental treatment
The use of fluoride as a cavity preventative measure goes back decades. The American Dental Association (ADA) stresses that this mineral, either applied to tooth surfaces or taken internally, significantly reduces the incidence of dental cavities in both adults and children.
Fluoride seems to work 2 ways: it hardens enamel by actually putting minerals back into the tooth, and it seems to prevent decay by making enamel acid-resistant. The oral bacteria present in sticky plaque which builds up on teeth because of the food we eat do more than give people bad breath. These germs secrete tooth and gum dissolving acids which break down the tissues, leading to decay and gum disease and its serious effects. Fluoride, though, helps teeth stand up to acid erosion.
How is fluoride delivered?
We’re all familiar with fluoride toothpastes. With all the kinds of toothpastes available today, the most important ingredient is still fluoride. Also, many topical mouth rinses effectively apply fluoride. Fluoride treatments Arbor Dental Care are the most concentrated kind, hardening enamel and even reducing dental sensitivity.
Fluoride enters the tooth enamel matrix systemically as well–in the water we drink. Most American communities continue to add the mineral to municipal water supplies. Fluoride also comes in drops, pills and lozenges.
Is fluoride enough to keep teeth healthy?
The answer is no. Your daily brushing and flossing routine is foundational to your oral health as these practices remove plaque. Plus, visiting your dentist in Lisle, Illinois has many benefits, including:
- visual inspection for cavities, gum disease and problems with existing restorations such as fillings and crowns
- early detection of dental issues before they become complex and expensive
- oral cancer screening
- periodontal probing
- checking for bite problems, TMJ dysfunctions and bruxism (teeth grinding)
- discussing oral health concerns and aesthetic goals
- application of sealants on children’s molars
Set-up your dental appointment now
Frank J. Marchese DDS MAGD likes to see all his patients–from children through senior adults–semi-annually. When was the last time you visited your dentist in Lisle?
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