How Does Flouride Protect Your Teeth?

The hard outer surface of our teeth (enamel) is made up of mineral crystals. When minerals are removed from the tooth enamel because of sugar and bacteria, they weaken it, making it more susceptible to decay or cavities. This process is called demineralisation, which occurs when acids produced by bacteria in the mouth from the fermentation of sugars and carbohydrates attack the tooth enamel. These acids dissolve the minerals in the enamel, forming small, white spots on the surface of the teeth. If left unchecked, demineralisation can progress into the enamel, eventually developing cavities. Dental fluoride treatments help restore the minerals in the tooth, making them stronger and protecting against tooth decay. 

Here’s how fluoride treatments can help:

  • Fluoride helps remineralise tooth enamel by attracting minerals, which can help repair the early stages of tooth decay before cavities form.
  • It can inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth and reduce the production of acids that can erode tooth enamel and cause decay.
  • Fluoride is also beneficial during tooth development in children, helping to form stronger enamel in primary (baby) and permanent teeth.

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Fluoride Treatments in North Fremantle

A fluoride treatment is a quick and non-invasive procedure which involves applying a fluoride solution to the teeth. It begins by cleaning the teeth to remove any bacteria and debris. The fluoride solution in gel, foam, or varnish is then applied to the teeth' surface. The varnish is painted onto the teeth, or an arch-shaped tray is placed into the foam and gel and inserted over the teeth. This solution is left on the teeth for a few minutes for absorption. Your mouth is rinsed, and nothing should be eaten for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride solution to penetrate the teeth. 

Depending on the condition of your teeth, fluoride treatments may be recommended regularly, such as every six months during dental checkups. Our dental hygienist will discuss the frequency of fluoride treatments based on the patient's risk of tooth decay. Alternatively, we may also recommend fissure sealants as a protective measure against cavities. These thin resin coatings act as barriers, preventing the bacteria from settling in the grooves of the teeth and making it easier to clean the teeth while offering cavity protection.

Fluoride treatments can benefit both adults and children whose teeth are more prone to cavities, have fluoride deficiency or weak tooth enamel. However, overexposure to fluoride can result in dental fluorosis, which can, in turn, weaken the teeth, especially in developing children. It's essential to consult our dentist before getting fluoride treatments or taking supplements.

A Healthy Smile Begins with Preventive Care

The foundation for a healthy smile begins with good oral hygiene practices and preventive care. At our Fremantle Clinic, our holistic approach and minimal prevention dentistry techniques aim to preserve your natural teeth and avoid unnecessary or extensive treatments. We strive to deliver personalised treatments and tailored hygiene programs, focusing on early detection and timely intervention to help you and your family maintain lasting oral health for life.

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Testimonials

William Golding
William Golding
3. March, 2022.
Really impressed by this place, Dr. Jeremy and Courtney were amazing, fixed a chipped tooth flawlessly, and all staff have been really nice on all occasions. Recommend this Dentist!
robbruce
robbruce
5. February, 2022.
Superior Smiles was a great experience, the expertise displayed around the fitting and ongoing care of braces was exceptional to say the least, great caring nature of the whole team shown throughout the journey. I highly recommend this Dental Clinic to anyone doing the Braces journey. Rob Bruce
Len R
Len R
7. May, 2021.
After not being to a dentist in many years, I tried to research dentists in my local area and came across the amazing reviews for Superior Smiles and decided to book an appointment with Dr. Rani. I was so happy with the service I received- all the staff were extremely friendly and professional. I felt like I was in very good hands with Dr. Rani, who talked me through every stage of the appointment step by step, in a clear and gentle manner. I have already booked my next appointment to have some minor work done, as I am extremely happy to return to this dentist. Thank you Dr. Rani and team 🙂
Robyn McLeod
Robyn McLeod
8. April, 2021.
After experiencing terrible episode with dentist many years ago, I have always kept a wide berth and only go when I am in extreme pain. Had my first visit with Dr Rani and she was just wonderful, explained everything as she was going I was made aware of cost and given the option to proceed. Was very caring and I had no pain what so ever , I still have a couple of more visits to go however no more fear and for the first time in many years had experience a comfortable time at the dentist. For people who have a morbid fear I can assure you it will be gone after you experience a visit with Dr Rani staff are also wonderful, I will follow up with the six monthly check ups as required without hesitation. Highly recommend this practice for people who are experiencing anxiety
Marie-Claire Doren
Marie-Claire Doren
10. February, 2021.
Very clear information during and after treatment. Doctor Rani is gentle, kind and special for patients with fear of the dentist .. recommended 100%
Lola McMechan
Lola McMechan
15. January, 2021.
Dr Rani and their team are so kind and professional! My visit was the best experience I have had at any dental clinic. I highly recommend and I can't wait to go back ????. Lola
Claire Martin
Claire Martin
10. December, 2020.
I went to get a broken filling/tooth repaired. They fitted me in even though they were busy. The tooth has been filled and I'm very happy with the job done. Dentist was very thorough and willing to answer questions. Chris
Shaun Kirkby
Shaun Kirkby
5. November, 2020.
Out of towner's looking for a Dentist and this place came recommended.......and indeed it is a very good Dentist, great professional service, it's a thumbs up from me.
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