Whenever we eat, especially sugary foods, bacteria in the mouth break down the sugars into acid, which first softens the teeth by removing calcium from the outer layer of enamel. Eventually the tooth can become so soft that a break occurs in this layer, which is a cavity that then must be treated.
Fluoride treatments can replace the missing calcium from the tooth, rehardening the soft spots before they become cavities. In addition, the fluoride treatment makes the tooth more resistant to further softening and cavities.
Different levels of fluoride treatments are needed depending on a person's age, cavity risk, and environment. We offer several fluoride supplements and counseling on appropriate amounts.