Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that does wonders for your oral health. Throughout your day, different minerals and acids, like sugar and plaque, will attack the surface of your teeth and weaken the enamel. This process is called demineralization. Fluoride will restore the tooth enamel through a process called remineralization. In effect, fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Fluoride naturally occurs in many foods and is added to drinking water to help improve everyone’s oral health. Fluoride makes a dramatic difference in the early development of children’s permanent teeth, but adults can benefit from fluoride as well.
During your visit to Rudolph Family Dentistry, our dentist can supplement the remineralization of your teeth with a variety of treatments. Fluoride will be applied in a gel, foam, or varnish that will coat the teeth and strengthen the areas that are most likely to develop a cavity. The varnish is the most concentrated form of fluoride and can be directly applied to trouble spots. Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and William I. Rudolph may also recommend a toothpaste and mouth rinse containing fluoride to help strengthen your teeth in between visits to Rudolph Family Dentistry.
If you are interested in learning more about fluoride in Columbus, Indiana, we would love to hear from you. Call or visit Rudolph Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation with our doctor today.