How Do Teeth Lose Fluoride?
Although many foods are rich in fluoride, certain acidic food and drinks can cause the teeth to lose not only their fluoride but also their calcium and phosphate content. This is known as demineralization, and it, overtime, makes the teeth weak.
Fluoride-rich foods can replenish and restore the content of this mineral through a process called ‘re-mineralization’. However, when the fluoride-rich diet is inadequate, fluoride treatment is the best professional option.
What Happens in Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments help strengthen teeth by making the bond with calcium in the tooth enamel stronger. This ultimately reduces the chances of tooth decay.
Fluoride is available in several different forms – cream, gel or varnish. Your dentist will help you decide the best treatment option for you.