Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen your teeth against decay that is found naturally in many foods and water. Fluoride is also found in many dental products, like toothpaste and mouthwash. Your teeth lose and gain minerals every day through processes called demineralization and remineralization. If too many minerals are lost through demineralization and not enough are gained through remineralization, tooth decay occurs. To counteract demineralization and to help your teeth fight decay, Drs. David and Augustine Borgmeyer may recommend fluoride in St Louis, Missouri.
Fluoride makes your teeth more resistant to acid attacks and can even reverse early decay. In dentist offices, fluoride is available in gel, foam, and varnish forms. Dental fluoride treatments have a higher concentration of fluoride than toothpastes and mouthwashes. If applied in a varnish form, the fluoride will be painted onto your teeth. Foam varnishes are placed in a mouth guard and applied to the teeth for one to four minutes. Fluoride in a gel form can either be painted on or applied via mouth guard.
We encourage you to contact Borgmeyer Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentists. We are excited to care for you and your smile!