You may be familiar with cavities, but do you know what causes them? Tooth decay is the cause of cavities, and this is due to plaque and how it eats at the enamel. Plaque is a clear film of teeth that sticks to them and causes small holes. Excellent oral hygiene along with biannual visits to Dr. Vinit Shah make it easy to stay on top of your dental health. Without these, you are vulnerable to decay and your teeth may become damaged.
You can stay on top of your health by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. Another way to keep your teeth healthy is to use fluoride. This is an important mineral that plays a large part in protecting teeth from decay. It can repair teeth that have small particles of decay before cavities form.
Our certified team of dentists here provide the best in class fluoride treatment in Elmhurst, NY ensuring complete dental care for the patients.
There are two different ways fluoride can be applied to teeth – topically and systemically. When it is applied topically, a fluoride solution is applied to the enamel of teeth. These can be from toothpastes, mouthwash, and fluoride treatments at your local dentist’s office. Systemic fluoride is swallowed, such as the fluoride in the water supply.
Fluoride reduces cavities most effectively when it is applied topically and systemically. Fluoride treatments can help family members that are prone to cavities. The dentist can perform a treatment on your teeth that coats them in professional-grade fluoride. It only takes a few minutes and can be in several forms. A gel, foam, or varnish can either be rubbed onto teeth or put into a tray that stays on teeth for just minutes.
Depending on the health of your teeth, your Elmhurst dentist may recommend treatments more often to prevent cavities and decay. Additional measures may also be taken to ensure your oral health. This may include prescriptions for oral products like gels and mouthwash.
Your Dr. Vinit Shah, Dentist dentist can make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible with fluoride treatments. Make sure to visit the dentist biannually for fluoride treatments in Elmhurst, NY and other dental care you may need.