Fluoride Treatment

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that collects around the teeth and gums in a sticky, clearish-white film called plaque. The bacteria ferments the sugars present in your mouth to cause acid which decays your tooth structure. Without good daily oral hygiene and regular visits to your Fullerton dentist, teeth become more susceptible to decay. One key to good oral health and avoiding decay is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent cavities and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages.

We prescribe topical fluoride treatments based on individual patient needs. Some factors that may increase a person's risk of developing caries that can be aided by topical fluoride include the following:

  • poor oral hygiene
  • active caries/decay
  • eating disorders
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • lack of regular professional dental care
  • high levels of caries-causing bacteria in the mouth
  • exposed root surfaces of teeth
  • decreased salivary flow, resulting in dry mouth
  • tooth enamel defects