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When Shouldn't You Have A Fluoride Treatment Done?
Posted on 1/20/2020 by office
We all know about the benefits of fluoride for your teeth. Fluoride helps keeps your teeth strong and works to prevent cavities. We recommend fluoride treatments for young children in order to keep their teeth healthy and strong.
However, fluoride treatment is not great for everyone. Who shouldn't get a fluoride treatment done? We have some thoughts.
What Is A Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in your tooth enamel. Your teeth are constantly going through mineralization and demineralization every day because of what you eat and drink. For example, foods with acid such as fruits and vegetables can soften your tooth enamel and leach minerals out of it. Fluoride works to strengthen your enamel and protect it from tooth wear and cavities. Most toothpastes have fluoride, and many public water systems have fluoride in it to keep teeth healthy.
Who Shouldn't Have A Treatment?
While fluoride is a great way to protect your teeth and prevent cavities, not everyone can benefit from fluoride treatment. First, young babies do not need fluoride treatments at all. In fact, parents need to make sure their young children don't get too much fluoride. Too much fluoride can actually poison a small child. There are other people who may not need to take fluoride treatment.
Too much fluoride treatment can cause spots on your teeth, which are extremely difficult to remove. Also, if you are on a well water system, you may already be getting too much fluoride. You need to check the fluoride levels in your well before you get a fluoride treatment.
Do you have questions about fluoride treatments? Are you wondering whether or not you should get fluoride treatment? Give us a call and let us talk to you about the importance of fluoride treatments. Why not contact us today?