Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in some water supplies and in certain foods. Every day your teeth undergo acid erosion, a process that removes certain minerals from the enamel layer. This process is called demineralisation and occurs when the mouth becomes more acidic after mealtimes. As the pH levels begin to normalise, your teeth undergo a second process called remineralisation where some of the minerals removed from the enamel layer are redeposited. Without remineralisation your risk of tooth decay is greatly increased. Fluoride helps increase resistance to acid attacks by hardening your tooth enamel and speeding up remineralisation.
Here at St Vincent’s Dental Centre, we can apply fluoride to your teeth in a number of different ways. The most convenient and comfortable method is using mouth trays filled with fluoride foam or gel.
We can also talk to you about the best way to ensure your teeth are protected at home. If necessary we can prescribe a stronger concentration of fluoride mouth rinse than can be purchased over-the-counter. One of the most straightforward ways is to make sure you use good quality fluoride toothpaste and that you spit out the excess but don’t rinse once you have finished brushing. This helps to leave a thin layer of fluoride ions over the surface of your teeth, giving some additional protection.
Dr Schlen and the team here at St Vincent’s Dental Centre can also chat to you if you have any concerns about fluoride and we are here to answer any questions or queries you might have.
Call us on (03) 9419 7022 for appointments. We are located at 3/55 Victoria St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.
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