What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral important to supporting the proper growth and function of tooth enamel. While fluoride exists naturally in water and many foods we consume, we often encourage fluoride treatment at the dental office of Dennis K. Sacry, DDS, PC for added protection and strength against tooth decay. Fluoride is simple to use and is a routine part of our dental cleanings and exams.

How does fluoride work?

Fluoride treatment in Whitehall, Montana is especially important for children. As teeth grow, fluoride absorbs and mixes with forming enamel to form a hard, guarded coating on teeth. In adults, fluoride works by adding a protective layer over teeth to prevent plaque and bacteria, the leading causes of tooth decay, from forming. There are many types and methods for applying fluoride. The most common fluoride treatment is topical fluoride, which is directly applied to the surface of your teeth in gels, toothpastes, varnishes, or mouthwashes. Sometimes, tablets or drops put into water are suggested. Dr. Dennis Sacry, our knowledgeable dentist, will be able to determine what manner of fluoride treatment will work best for your smile. If you are due for a dental exam and would like to learn more about our fluoride treatments, contact us today!