At Accurate Dental Group, general and cosmetic dentist Charles Zebe, DMD, recommends that patients see him every six months for preventive care. As part of these preventive checkups and cleanings, Dr. Charles Zebe offers his patients fluoride treatments to keep cavities at bay.
A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride helps to reverse the effects of acid attacks on tooth enamel, which is the protective outermost layer of the teeth. When sugars and starches are consumed, oral bacteria mix with these substances and produce acids that leech minerals from the enamel and make the teeth more prone to decay. This process is called demineralization, but minerals such as fluoride and calcium help to remineralize and strengthen the enamel.
In addition to eating a diet that is high in calcium, patients can help to prevent decay by drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride treatments, which are administered after a professional dental cleaning in the form of a gel or a varnish, can make teeth more resistant to acids and reverse early decay in some cases.