It’s true that we are the go-to place for restorative dentistry in the Alpharetta, GA area, and Dr. Morton is our resident expert in the realm of dental implants. Still, our team is concerned about all aspects of your oral health, and we’d very much like to spare you from ever having to deal with the agony of missing teeth in the first place. That’s why we are big believers in oral hygiene practices at home and regular preventive dentistry office treatments. Brushing, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, visiting Mint 32 Dentistry every 3-6 months, and finding good sources of fluoride will go a long way towards keeping you healthy and happy. Given the importance of fluoride, you may be surprised to learn that many dental insurance plans don’t cover fluoride treatments for adult patients. Even so, we strongly encourage fluoride treatments for everyone who visits us for a checkup because we know just how effective they can be for folks of all ages. That’s why, in today’s post, we wanted to give fluoride the credit it deserves! Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next appointment!
Fluoride Does Matter
Here’s the thing: whether you realize it or not, your teeth are under near-constant assault, every day of your life, mostly from the bacteria that causes plaque.
It happens like this: as you eat foods with sugar in them, the bacteria metabolizes it into acids that erode your teeth, slowly wearing away the enamel until a hole forms. These beginning stages of cavities might not be detected easily, but they’re happening all the time nonetheless. When Dr. Morton treats your teeth with fluoride we’re actually rebuilding the enamel that was lost to plaque acids. The cool thing is that fluoride is uniquely able to rebuild, or “remineralize” your teeth in this way.
It’s because fluoride gets into the enamel pores on your teeth and attracts calcium and phosphate that’s present in your spit. After those have bonded to your teeth they start to rebuild the enamel bit by bit, in some cases making your teeth stronger than they were before. When all is said and done, getting regular fluoride treatments from Mint 32 Dentistry can reverse and prevent a lot of the damage that plaque bacteria brings about in your mouth.
Preventive Dentistry From A Restorative Dentist
As a dental implant office, among other things, we have seen the worst that can happen to a smile. And we want to save you from that awful fate. To hang onto all your natural teeth, it helps to find a dentist you can trust and keep them in the loop. All you have to do is visit us often for ongoing dental care. That way we will be able to handle any emerging concerns before it is too late for conservative measures. At Mint 32, your preventive appointment will begin with a dental hygienist taking digital X-rays and a full set of diagnostic photos. These will give us a better idea of the state of your mouth and will be the starting point for any necessary treatments. Then, the hygienist will thoroughly clean and examine your teeth, noting any area of concern for Dr. Morton during this time.
Dr. Morton will come in after your cleaning is complete. He will look over your teeth and gums and examine the X-rays for any signs of emerging trouble. He will also screen you for oral cancer using our VELscope tool.
And, like we said, we can always provide extra protection in the form of in-office fluoride treatments designed to offset the onset of cavities.
Learn More, Get Started!
We hope this has been useful information and that you have been inspired to let us help you keep up with all your dental health needs. To schedule your next appointment at our Alpharetta, GA dentist’s office, give us a call at 770-901-2719. We will be happy to help you with whatever you need.