in Coeur d’Alene & Post Falls, ID
High-quality preventive care is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. In addition to regular brushing and flossing and seeing our team for routine cleanings and exams, fluoride treatments can be extra helpful when it comes to preventing cavities and strengthening teeth. Want to learn more about our services or schedule your next visit? Please contact us!
How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and acidic foods. When fluoride is absorbed into the teeth, a process known as remineralization, the tooth enamel becomes more resistant to acid erosion and helps repair early-stage tooth decay. Fluoride also aids in neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in dental plaque, which helps prevent the formation of cavities. Additionally, fluoride inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, particularly harmful, cavity-causing bacteria.
What are other sources of fluoride?
Fluoride treatments are not the only sources of fluoride for most patients. Many public water systems in many communities have added fluoride to their water supply. Most toothpaste brands contain fluoride as well, and brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste helps deliver fluoride directly to the teeth and gums. Fluoride mouth rinses, available over-the-counter or by prescription, can also provide an additional source of fluoride, and they can be especially helpful for individuals at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, such as those with braces or a history of cavities.
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Builds confidence and made me so comfortable really making me feel like I’m loved and cared for. – Paula J.
I elected to have a tooth extraction today. Dr. Tanner and his team took very good care of me from start to finish. I should say great care. Because my extraction was not as straight forward as we all expected. But everyone did their part in my care and was very professional. I have no doubt that my follow up care will be the same. Thank you team. – Duane H.
New patient experience. Excellence from the moment I walked in to the end of the appt. Dr. Major and the entire team I came in to contact with were just wonderful! Very thankful I chose them as our Dental Care providers! – L G
Riverstone Dental Care’s clinical leadership is amazing! – April B.
This is the best dental experience I have ever had. The office staff is friendly and helpful and the dental care is absolutely comfortable and painless. I highly recommend them! – Richard C.
NO INSURANCE? NO PROBLEM!
If you’ve been putting off your dental health due to a lack of insurance, we’ve got you covered! All year round, our regular adult cleaning is only $108 for uninsured patients. Call our office to learn more!
Special includes exam and X-rays. Promotional offer only.
Most insurances cover 100% of our usual and customary rates.