One preventive measure offered by Summit Dental is fluoride
treatments. Fluoride is a naturally occuring mineral that is
found in many foods and water. Fluoride helps prevent
tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from
bacteria in the mouth. In children under six years of age,
fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent
teeth, making them stronger and therefore more difficult for
bacteria to penetrate. Fluoride also helps reverse early decay by
remineralizing already erupted teeth of both children and
Fluoride can be directly applied to the teeth at home
through fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses. At Summit Dental
we apply fluoride to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish.
These treatments contain a higher level of fluoride than the amount
found in toothpastes and mouth rinses.
For our patients without fluoridated water, there are
liquids and tablets available that we can prescribe