Flouride: A Shield for your Teeth

For over half a century, the oral healthcare benefits of fluoride have been accepted without question. Unfortunately, most people assume that the fluoride they get from their toothpaste and tap water is adequate for their needs. This is not always the case.

Controlling Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity to both hot and cold affects 25% of all adults at one time or another. Often, such sensitivity is due to receding gums, which expose the formerly protected root surface. Sensitivity will also sometimes occur following root planing, scaling, or other gum treatment procedures. Fortunately, relief from sensitivity can be just a visit to your dentist away. In fact, many products have been developed to control sensitivity. Some provide pain relief while doing nothing to protect exposed areas from cavity development. Fluoride-based products are usually preferred because they also provide protection from cavities.

Fluoride Protection For You

  • Cavity Control: Cavities are caused by bacteria that attacks tooth surfaces. The protection that fluoride provides teeth helps prevent tooth decay at any age. Fluoride also helps remineralize enamel weakened by early cavity development.
  • Early Gum Disease Control: Fluorides are used to inhibit the bleeding and tender gums caused by plaque bacteria.
  • Advanced Gum Disease Therapy: Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that attack the gum tissue and the bone supporting the teeth. Fluorides help sustain the treatment performed by your dental professional.
  • Gum Maintenance: Because periodontal disease can reoccur at any time, fluorides are used to help prevent reinfection.
  • Post Surgical Rinse: Fluorides control bacteria and help tissue heal at the surgical site.
  • Crown and Bridge Maintenance: Recurring decay to teeth supporting a crown or bridge threatens the entire restoration. Fluoride will help protect these critical areas.
  • Implant Maintenance: Bacterial plaque is the number one cause of premature implant failure. Fluoride blocks plaque formulation and helps protect your valuable implants.
  • Dentures and Partials: Bad breath and irritation from dentures and partials can be controlled by fluoride rinses, without the drying effects of alcohol.
  • Orthodontic Maintenance: Fluorides help control the two major problems associated with orthodontic treatment: gingivitis and decalcification.
  • Crown and Root Surface Caries: Fluorides control the acid-producing bacteria and helps protect your investment.
  • Sensitivity: Gum recession and natural wear on teeth can cause sensitivity. Fluorides coat and insulate the teeth from hot and cold.
  • Side Effects from Medicine: Many prescription medications can affect saliva flow and increase a patient’s risk of dental infection. (Consult your dental professional regarding your specific medication.) Fluoride helps protect against decay.

Adults and Cavities
Fluorides are, of course, beneficial for children, but many adults also suffer from problems for which fluoride may also be the answer. A recent National Institute of Dental Research survey reported that adults had an average of 23 decayed and filled tooth surfaces. Recurrent or secondary decay around fillings represents a major dental problem. Surveys find that 40-50% of total adult fillings are done to replace existing fillings.
As we grow older, many of us suffer from gum recession. This means root surfaces become exposed. The incidence of root caries in the adult population is steadily increasing. Fluoride treatments can be the answer for you. Research shows that properly applied fluoride blocks cavities by forming a more acid-resistant surface layer. It can even reverse (remineralize) early forming cavities (white spots).

Children and Cavities
Children often get cavities due to poor homecare habits. They forget to brush after breakfast or before bed and when they do brush, they rarely clear plaque from all tooth surfaces. Rarely will children floss effectively. Children wearing orthodontic appliances like braces face an additional burden to keeping their tooth surfaces cavity-free. Fortunately, the extra protection offered by fluoride treatments can counter these threats and reduce the risk a child will develop cavities.

How Do I Find Out More?
If you are concerned that you may be at risk and think fluoride treatment might help, ask your dentist or hygienist. If they believe fluoride will benefit you, they have a wide variety of fluoride treatment options to help you; some performed by your dental team at their office and others are done by you at home. Trust your dental professional to recommend the most appropriate treatment for your specific needs.

Why Your Dentist Prescribes Pro-Dentx® Fluoride Products
In a word – value! Your dentist wants to make sure you get the highest quality dental products at a reasonable price. Pro-Dentec is the company dental professionals trust to deliver that value combination.

To arrange an appointment with one of our dentists please call our office toll free at 800-433-5138.

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    Response: Gandalf Junior
    The common dental problems are tooth decay and cavities which are often found in the small children to adult. I have heard about the fluoride shield treatment , but didn;t read in detail shared here. Well, I think the people who are suffering from the problems of cavities should go through ...
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    Protecting flouride is very important as reduction of it can cause tooth sensitivity and other problems. The best thing to do is conuslt a dentist periodically to ensure safety. It will also help to identify any new problems.

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