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Strengthen and protect your teeth with safe fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office

Let’s get this out of the way first: Fluoride is a safe and powerful cavity-fighter. It also occurs naturally in many sources, from soils to plants to foods. This mineral has established itself as a clinically proven method to inhibit the development of cavities predictably and painlessly and reverse the effects of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments also encourage remineralization or the process of adding minerals to your teeth. When this occurs, it strengthens the tooth and the ability of your enamel to protect the integrity and structure of your teeth. 

Abel, Phan, & Associates works closely with patients in Sterling, Virginia, and greater Loudoun County to prevent the loss of beneficial minerals. Demineralization occurs due to the very processes that promote the development of tooth decay; acids are produced by lingering food debris and harmful oral bacteria. These acids break down the tooth, starting with the outer enamel and moving inward to the softer dentin layer and, finally, the innermost pulp tissue. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. At this stage, root canal therapy may be the only way to preserve the natural tooth and prevent the need for dental extraction. 

Fluoride supplementation 

Medical literature from throughout the world supports the dramatic decrease in the incidence of cavities since fluoride was introduced to municipal water supplies around the globe. That is a testament to fluoride’s power as a cavity-fighter and to build up your tooth’s natural defenses (or armor): the protective enamel. Some patients may have additional needs for fluoride, which cannot be fulfilled with fluoride toothpaste, fluoridated community water supplies, or fortified foods; for instance, pediatric patients can benefit from fluoride supplementation at the dentist’s practice. It encourages strong teeth during a child’s formative years, making it easier for developing teeth to resist decay. Under our professional supervision, supplements are precisely prescribed and administered. They may be applied as rinses, topical varnishes, foams, gels, or other products. 

Oral health, at every life stage

More “experienced” patients can also benefit from fluoride. After all, your dental health journey is not static. It is constantly evolving as you age and as new challenges to your good oral hygiene or systemic health are presented. In fact, anyone who is at elevated risk of tooth loss may be a candidate for preventive fluoride services at our practice. And, as a preventive service, fluoride is often covered 100% by dental insurance. These types of services also fit into busy and active lifestyles easily. They can be discussed and administered during regular check-ups. Call (571) 450-9848to schedule your appointment with Dr. Abel or Dr. Phan at our Sterling office; we serve Potomac Falls, Herndon, and Ashburn.