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What to Expect at a Routine Dental Exam and Cleaning

Woman with mouth open having teeth cleaned at dentistIt’s so important to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Most people should have a dental exam and cleaning every six months, but some may need more frequent check-ups due to dental or medical issues. If it has been a while since your last dentist appointment, we’re glad you’re here! At Jordan Dentistry, we’re proud to offer the highest quality family dentistry in Cumming, Georgia. We hope you’ll make a dentist appointment with us; you can even do it online right now. In the meantime, keep reading to learn what to expect at a routine dental exam and cleaning.  

What Happens During a Dental Appointment?

Initial Physical Exam

Most of the time, a routine dentist appointment starts with your dental hygienist performing an initial exam. (You may recall the little mirror on a stick that is used to see your teeth from more angles.) If it has been a while since your last dentist appointment, the hygienist may take X-rays of your teeth

If there are any major issues, the hygienist may call in the dentist at this point. However, they will usually go straight to the teeth cleaning. 

Teeth Cleaning

There are several important parts of a teeth cleaning: 

  • Removing tartar and plaque. For this step, the hygienist will use a tool to scrape away plaque, and its hardened form, tartar. Brushing and flossing at home can get rid of plaque, but you can’t remove tartar yourself. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your regular dentist appointments!
  • Brushing and polishing. After dislodging most of the tartar with a scaler, your dental hygienist will buff and polish your teeth with a powerful electric toothbrush and a special, gritty toothpaste. This removes any leftover tartar by scrubbing the surfaces of your teeth clean. 
  • Flossing. The next step is an expert flossing to remove any tenacious plaque or debris from the earlier cleaning. Dental hygienists are trained to do an excellent job at flossing, and their thoroughness can help to identify any areas where you need to pay extra attention to flossing. 
  • Rinsing and fluoride treatment. The final step to having your teeth cleaned is to rinse your mouth out to wash away debris from the cleaning. Typically, you’ll be asked to rinse with a fluoride treatment. Depending on your level of risk for certain dental issues, you may need a bit of extra protection from a fluoride varnish.

Consultation with Dentist

In addition to your cleaning, you’ll meet with the dentist for a quick physical exam and consultation. If X-rays were taken, the dentist will review them. They will also discuss your overall oral health, any areas of concern, any health conditions or medications that could affect your teeth and gums, and possibly recommend changes to your diet or oral health habits. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or share concerns! We want you to leave feeling confident, both in your smile and in your knowledge of how to protect your oral health.

All About Dental X-Rays

Black woman in dental chair with light shining on mouthYou’ve probably had X-rays of your teeth taken several times before, but how much do you actually know about this common dental service? It turns out that many folks have questions about dental X-rays, and we’re happy to answer them. Keep reading to learn everything you ever wanted to know about dental X-rays, from Cumming family dentist Dr. Jordan

What to Know About Dental X-Rays

What is the purpose of X-raying your teeth? 

Dental X-rays, or radiographs, are similar to the X-rays you may have experienced after breaking a bone; they just happen to be in your mouth. Instead of looking for fractures or breaks to diagnose a broken bone, we take dental X-rays to see the inside of your teeth and evaluate your oral health. This allows us to identify cavities and other tooth problems early, which makes them easier to treat. We can also monitor fillings, crowns, and the like to make sure they’re in good condition. Catching an issue early can save you a lot of pain, money, and even the tooth itself. 

How often should you get dental X-rays?

Most people need dental X-rays every couple of years, but it depends on the patient. Your age, overall oral health, and even medical conditions can necessitate more frequent X-rays. 

Is the radiation from X-rays dangerous?

No, the amount of radiation a patient receives from a standard dental X-ray is extremely small at .005 mSv—that’s less than one day of natural background radiation, and about the same as the amount of radiation exposure you’d experience on a 2 hour airplane flight. Dentists use lead aprons to protect the patient’s organs from radiation as well. 

Here at Jordan Dentistry, we’re able to take dental X-rays with even less radiation exposure thanks to digital X-rays! This technology not only uses less radiation (up to a 90% decrease from traditional X-rays), but also provides instant results and allows the dentist to zoom in for a more detailed view. It’s all part of our mission to catch dental problems early and keep your teeth as healthy as possible!

What are the types of dental X-rays?

There are 5 types of dental X-rays: 

  • Panoramic X-rays image your entire mouth using a rotating arm that swings around your head to capture your teeth from many angles. 
  • Periapical X-rays are taken using a film attached to a metal rod. They allow us to see the entire tooth, from the top chewing surface all the way to the root deep in your gums. 
  • Bitewing X-rays require you to bite down on a stiff piece of plastic containing the film, or for digital X-rays, a small plastic-encased box. 
  • Full mouth survey X-rays are taken to get a baseline picture of your dental health, often when you visit a new dentist, or to assist in treating major dental issues like root canals. 
  • Occlusal X-rays are taken much like bitewing X-rays, and are usually used for pediatric patients to help dentists identify the placement of teeth even before they’ve emerged from the gums.

A Dentist’s Guide to Teething: What You Need to Know About Baby Teeth

Cute happy baby girl smiling at camera during tummy timeGood oral health starts early! If you’re a new parent, check out our guide to baby teething below, or give us a call at 770-888-6262 to make your baby’s first dentist appointment with Dr. Jordan. 

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Teething

When do babies start teething and how long does it last?

Somewhere between 6 months and a year old, you may notice your baby’s gummy smile giving way to their first baby teeth—although you’ll probably notice their discomfort before the teeth actually come through. 

Babies are born with all of their primary teeth already present beneath the gums. These 20 primary teeth (also known as milk teeth, baby teeth, or deciduous teeth) typically come in over the course of the next year or so, starting with the lower central incisors. Check out this infographic from the American Dental Association to see the order in which you can expect your baby’s teeth to come through. 

If your baby is teething, you can expect each “round” to take about eight days—four days before emergence, and three more days after the tooth has erupted. Every baby is different though, so don’t get too hung up on the timeline, and remember to contact your pediatrician or family dentist with any questions.   

What are the signs of teething?

As with all things baby-related, there is no “normal.” Parents often heard horror stories about teething, but every child is different, so some kids will be fussy and upset, while others won’t seem to notice too much. The most common signs of teething include: 

  • Drooling
  • Increase in chewing/gnawing
  • Fussiness or irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Swollen gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gum rubbing
  • Rubbing or pulling on ear (Be sure to rule out an ear infection.)

Contrary to popular belief, teething does not cause fever; however, because your baby may be putting her hands in her mouth more often due to the teething discomfort, there’s an increased risk of introducing germs that can cause a fever and other symptoms. If in doubt, it never hurts to call your pediatrician. 

How to comfort a teething baby

Now that you know all of the down and dirty details of teething, what can you actually do about it? 

  • Offer a chilled teething ring or wash cloth to chew on. If you really want to make your baby’s day, chill several in the fridge so you can swap them out as they heat up to room temperature. The cold will help soothe your baby’s aching gums. Just don’t put teething rings in the freezer, as a fully frozen teething ring gets too hard and cold for baby’s delicate gums. 
  • Massage their gums with a clean finger. 
  • If all else fails, ask your pediatrician about using a baby pain reliever. 

Steer clear of topical “teething gels” which may not be safe for babies according to the FDA, as well as “teething necklaces” (typically made from amber, wood, or silicone) which are a choking hazard

Baby’s first dentist appointment

Once your baby’s first tooth has emerged, you should schedule their first dentist appointment. Many people don’t realize how important dentistry is right from the start, because they assume baby teeth don’t matter, as they’ll fall out eventually anyway. Don’t make this mistake! Early dental care is so important for babies, because the baby teeth affect so much of your child’s development, from speech to dental crowding to the eventual health of their adult teeth!

 

Give your little one a great start to a lifetime of oral health by scheduling a well baby visit with us today at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming. 

What are the Different Types of Cavities—And How Are They Treated?

Woman holding face in painYou brush, you floss, you visit us every 6 months for dental checkups, and each time you sit down in the chair, you cross your fingers and hope for no dental cavities. There are many reasons to take good care of your oral health, but if you ask most people, avoiding cavities will be number one on their list. It’s understandable because having a cavity is no fun at all. 

The symptoms of cavities—toothache, spontaneous pain in the mouth, jolts of pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot, or cold, and even pits or stains on the surface of your teeth—are quite unpleasant. But did you know that not all cavities are the same? 

The 3 Different Types of Cavities

Most cavities can be diagnosed with a dental exam and/or x-rays, allowing your dentist to identify the type of cavity and best course of treatment. These types are: 

Smooth Surface Cavities

These cavities are less serious than the other types and are also easier to prevent. Just as the name suggests, smooth surface cavities are found on the smooth outside surfaces of the teeth, where plaque can build up if not properly removed through brushing and flossing. 

Pit or Fissure Cavities

This type of tooth decay occurs on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, rather than on the sides as with smooth surface cavities. If you run your tongue over your back teeth, you’ll feel the many ridges of the surface. The uneven texture of this part of the tooth makes it an easy place for bacteria and plaque to hide if you’re not brushing your teeth thoroughly. 

Root Decay

Cavities on the root portion of the tooth are most common with older adults or those who have receding gums. The root is normally protected by the gums; when gums recede, the exposed roots can be left open to decay, especially if proper oral hygiene is not maintained. 

The treatment for each type of cavity depends on the severity, among other factors; however, the most common treatment for a cavity is getting a filling. 

Natural-Looking, Tooth-Colored Fillings

The dental filling procedure consists of drilling/removing the decayed tissue from the tooth, then filling the hole left behind with gold, amalgam (silver-colored material), or resin substance to restore the tooth. Fillings for dental cavities don’t have to be an eyesore; they can be tinted to match your real tooth color. 

Here at Jordan Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored fillings, which help preserve the natural look of your smile. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry are our specialties, so give us a call at 770-888-6262 if you’re interested in making an appointment. We would love to help you maintain your oral health as well as gain the confidence of a healthy, beautiful smile!

Healthy Quarantine Snacks Your Teeth Will Thank You For

Woman sitting on floor eating watermelon quarantine snacksIf you’re finding yourself doing a lot of snacking these days, you’re not alone! The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to stay at home much more than usual, and the boredom is causing many folks to gravitate towards the kitchen. While snacking isn’t necessarily a bad thing in moderation, it is important to choose snacks that won’t hurt your teeth. Fortunately, there are lots of tooth-friendly quarantine snacks to enjoy that are dentist-approved. Keep reading for some snacking tips from Cumming family dentist Dr. Jordan to satisfy your snack cravings as well as your hunger for oral health. 

A Dentist’s Guide to Quarantine Snacking

The stress, isolation, and downright weirdness of this time is a big trigger for many people, and it’s understandable to turn to comfort foods and junk foods as a coping mechanism. However, making some simple substitutions can help you feel better and protect your health at a time when that’s extra important. 

According to Leeds University Professor of Pediatric Dentistry Jack Toumba, the best snacks for dental health “aren’t acidic, sticky or sugary; don’t hang around too long in the mouth; contain tooth-friendly compounds such as the minerals calcium and phosphorus or natural antibacterials; and stimulate saliva which is nature’s tooth cleaner.”

The best quarantine snacks include:

Crunchy Fruits and Veggies

Crunchy produce like apples, pears, celery, and carrots are juicy and hydrating, but their crunchy texture also acts a bit like a toothbrush, scraping the surface of your teeth as you chomp. 

Mineral-Rich Snacks

To keep tooth enamel strong, choose plain nuts (especially almonds), cheese, and yogurt, which contain calcium and phosphorus. Opt for low-fat dairy products if possible, as these contain the highest levels of phosphorus. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also good choices.

Snacks to Avoid

Steer clear of snacks that are full of processed sugars and carbs, sticky candies or caramels that are hard to clean off of teeth, and acidic snacks like tomato juice or citrus fruits. And if you do indulge in these treats every once in a while, remember to brush and floss about 20 minutes after you finish eating, giving your enamel time to re-harden. 

Fun Ideas for Quarantine Snacks

Just because snacks are healthy, doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Check out some of these creative quarantine snacks

However you’re getting through this pandemic, we hope you’re staying well and keeping yourselves entertained! We look forward to serving you for all of your family dentistry needs when it’s safe to reopen. In the meantime, remember to brush and floss twice daily, and put your oral health routine in high gear so you can have a cavity-free report next time you get your teeth cleaned.

How to Choose a Toothbrush: Finding the Right Fit For You

Wooden toothbrush on wood slice on white backgroundYou probably already know that brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day is one of your best defenses against tooth decay, but in a world of unlimited choices, this deceptively simple task can get a little confusing. Should you be using a manual or electric toothbrush? Hard bristles or soft? Plastic or bamboo? And how do trends like charcoal and coconut oil fit in the mix? 

Don’t worry, Cumming family dentist Dr. Jordan has the answers! Check out our toothbrush guide to learn everything you need to know about choosing a toothbrush

How to Choose a Toothbrush

Soft bristles or hard?

One of the most important choices you can make when choosing a toothbrush is the type of bristle. For most people, a soft-bristled toothbrush is always the best choice and will still allow you to clean your teeth well. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can actually damage your enamel and gums, especially if you’re one of the many people who brush your teeth too hard

The shape of the bristles matters, too. Opt for angled or multi-level bristles, which help the brush get down into all parts of the tooth. Most people’s teeth have some natural irregularity on the surface, and it’s important that your toothbrush can reach the bacteria that can hide there. 

Manual or electric? 

While many folks feel that powered toothbrushes give them cleaner teeth, it really doesn’t matter as long as you’re brushing with the proper technique. As long as you brush for two minutes, twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste, you’re good! However, there are some instances when a powered toothbrush is preferred. If you fall in one of these categories, a powered brush might be a smart addition to your dental routine. 

  • People with braces or other orthodontia
  • Kids
  • Elderly people
  • People with disabilities or limited dexterity

Toothbrush materials

We’re living in a golden age of toothbrushes, with so many options you might not know where to start. Plastic is by far the most prevalent toothbrush material, but bamboo toothbrushes are making a comeback, too. That’s right, a comeback—because bamboo is actually what some of the earliest toothbrushes were made from!  

Toothbrushes as we know them today were invented in China in 1498, with bamboo handles and boar’s hair bristles. You can now buy toothbrushes like this in stores, and they are gaining popularity for being biodegradable and eco-friendly. (There are also options with bamboo handles and nylon bristles, but keep in mind that they are not fully biodegradable. Wood toothbrushes are biodegradable but not as eco-friendly as fast-growing bamboo.)

So, which material is better when choosing a toothbrush? Either works, just make sure to select one with the ADA Seal of Approval, which means it fulfills the standards set forth by the American Dental Association. The same goes for charcoal-infused toothbrushes and any all-natural oral health items. With both plastic and biodegradable toothbrushes, you should replace them every three to four months when the bristles begin to show signs of wear and tear. 

While we’re currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation, we look forward to seeing you again. Stay safe and well, and keep on brushing and flossing in the meantime.

COVID-19 Update: We Are Open

open for business

UPDATE: 5/13/20
Jordan Dentistry is open and following strict protocols to protect our patients and team members against COVID-19.  We have installed the hospital-grade REME HALO air purification system in our HVAC.  Its technology has been featured on Fox, ABC, CBS, and in Popular Science Magazine.

This technology:

  • Kills 99+% of viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces with ionized hydro peroxide output.
  • Kills 99% of sneeze germs before the germs reach 3 feet.
  • Kills 99+% of viruses, bacteria, and mold.
  • Zinc ions kill 99% of viruses on surfaces.
  • Is integrated into our HVAC system and runs 24 hours a day throughout our entire office, unlike the portable units limited to the room it is placed.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office.  Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the ADA, CDC, and OSHA.  We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency’s recommendations.

Here are COVID-19 precautions we are implementing at this time:

  • All staff members will have their temperatures taken when they arrive to work and will be asked screening questions daily.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same screening questions again when you arrive at the office to make sure nothing has changed since the phone screening. Patients with a high-risk category such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or any auto-immune disorder may be asked to schedule an appointment at a later date.
  • We ask that you remain in your car when you arrive for your appointment, call us when you get here and we will go out to your car to get you. You will be greeted by a team member wearing a mask, face shield, and a jacket.  Our team member will ask you screening questions and take your temperature in your car. We would appreciate if you bring your own mask and put it on before our team member arrives at your car.
  • Only patients with an appointment will be allowed in the office. Anyone that comes with you will be asked to wait in the car.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.  That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • Front office staff will wear a mask and gloves for credit card transactions. We have installed a plexiglass protective barrier at the check in and check out counter.
  • After every patient, all exam rooms are disinfected with CDC’s criteria against Coronavirus and protective barriers are placed.
  • All front office surfaces, bathrooms, pens, and door handles are disinfected after each patient.

Our office hours are M-Wed 8-5 and Thur 8-12 PM.

Thank you,

Dr. Shery Jordan


4/1/20

To our valued patients,

As things continue to change amid the spread of COVID-19, Jordan Dentistry will be temporarily closed (as of April 1, 2020). We plan to re-open when the American Dental Association (ADA), Georgia Dental Association (GDA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that we can.

Patients with emergency dental concerns can call our office at 770-888-6262 and leave a message. We will get back to those patients to talk through how to handle their concerns.

Thank you for your understanding as we do our part to lessen COVID-19 exposure to our patients, ourselves, and the community. Please take care and be safe.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jordan and the entire Jordan Dentistry team

Ouch! Why Does My Tooth Hurt?

Woman holding pill and glass of waterIf you’ve ever had a toothache, you know that the pain can be intense and distracting. But what causes toothaches? What can you do to treat a toothache, and how can you reduce the likelihood of having one? Don’t worry, you’re in the right place! Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about toothaches, from Cumming dentist Dr. Jordan

What is a toothache?

 There are several common symptoms associated with toothaches, including: 

  • Dull, throbbing pain
  • Sharp, severe pain
  • Pain that radiates to the jaw, cheek, or ear
  • Pain with pressure (for instance, if you bite down on something, or tap the tooth)
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Inflamed or swollen gum around a tooth
  • Discharge around a tooth

What causes a toothache? 

Toothaches can result from many different causes, and some of them might surprise you. For instance, sometimes an ear infection will hurt so badly that the pain radiates all the way to the jaw, being mistaken for a toothache as a result. Other causes of toothache include cavities/tooth decay, a fractured tooth, gum disease, infection, injury, or abscess. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, sinus pain, and even some heart conditions can cause pain that may be mistaken for a toothache. 

The ache of a toothache comes from irritation to the nerve in the root of the tooth. So, what can you do about it? 

How should you treat a toothache?

 The way you should treat your toothache will depend on the cause and the severity. You should call your family dentist or doctor to discuss your situation and get a recommendation on treatment. However, if you’re looking for temporary relief, try these ways to relieve tooth pain

  • Apply a cold compress. Use an ice pack placed on your cheek to cool the area for about 10 minutes. Be sure to take a 10 minute break between icings. 
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication. Adults should generally use ibuprofen, while acetaminophen is typically recommended for kids. Of course, always consult your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist if you have questions. 
  • Swish warm salt water around your mouth. A salt water rinse can sooth tooth pain, and the salt may reduce inflammation.
  • Use an over-the-counter numbing gel. For short-term pain relief of a toothache, you can use one of the over the counter oral anesthetic products containing benzocaine. If your tooth pain is severe, the numbing may help you manage your pain until you can get in to see the dentist. 

How can you avoid getting a toothache?

The best way to avoid toothaches is to take good care of your dental health. That means brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist office for a teeth cleaning twice a year. There are also things we can do to help you avoid tooth decay, like administering fluoride treatment or applying sealants to teeth.

You Are What You Eat—And So Are Your Teeth!

colorful vegetables at a farmers marketThey say “You are what you eat,” but did you know that the old adage is true for your teeth as well as your overall health? While brushing, flossing, and regular dentist appointments are important parts of maintaining good oral health, your diet also has an impact. It makes sense, after all—you use your teeth to chew, so what they’re chewing matters. 

Continue reading to learn more about the food/teeth connection and how you can feed your smile what it needs. We’re here to help with Cumming family dentistry services!

How Food Affects Oral Health

You probably know that you need to consume certain vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, from calcium (which strengthens bones), to B vitamins (which affect blood cell production and energy levels). You’re also probably aware that certain substances in your diet can have a negative effect, like eating too much sugar or saturated fat. Well, just like the rest of your body, your teeth and gums depend on the food you eat to get the good stuff they need to be strong, without the bad stuff that can make them weak. 

The Importance of Nutrition

Without the proper nutrients, your mouth is more vulnerable to infection. For strong teeth and healthy gums, make sure you’re getting enough of these foods:

  • Cheese, which contains calcium and protein that strengthen tooth enamel
  • Yogurt, especially probiotic varieties, which not only contain calcium and protein, but can also benefit the good bacteria in your mouth, making it harder for bad bacteria to thrive
  • Spinach, kale, arugula, and other leafy greens, which are a great source of calcium and folic acid, a B vitamin that contributes to healthy gums
  • Carrots and many other orange and yellow veggies contain vitamin A, which is important for gum health 

Aside from getting the right vitamins and minerals, you should also consider how the foods you eat physically affect your teeth. 

  • Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, and celery are great snacks for your teeth because they stimulate saliva production, which helps to wash away food particles. Biting into an apple or celery stick can also help to dislodge food particles and bacteria, similar to a toothbrush (Don’t get too excited; you’ll still need to brush twice a day with an actual toothbrush.)
  • Try to eat only at mealtimes when possible. Eating a full meal stimulates saliva production which helps to wash away food particles and acids. 
  • Avoid sugary foods. The more sugar you eat, the more you’re feeding the “bad” bacteria in your mouth that can cause plaque. Keep in mind that it’s not just candy and sweets; many foods like bread and pasta also contain added sugar. 
  • Sticky foods are another hazard; items like taffy, caramel, and gummies tend to adhere to the surface of teeth and are more difficult to dislodge. All the while their sugars are feeding the bacteria that cause plaque! 

At Jordan Dentistry, we believe it’s important to educate our patients and empower them to make the best choices for their oral health. We’re always happy to answer questions, so don’t hesitate to ask. Give us a call at 770-888-6262 to schedule your next dentist appointment in Cumming, Georgia!

Learn Why Fluoride is Important and How It Helps Fight Cavities

Close up photo of toothbrush with toothpaste on bristlesYou’ve probably heard of fluoride, but do you know what it actually does? Why is it in so many toothpastes and mouthwashes? Where does it come from and is it safe? You’ve got fluoride questions, and we’ve got answers. Read on to learn more about this important element of oral health from your Cumming, Georgia dentist, Dr. Jordan

What is fluoride, and where does it come from? 

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can be found in water sources all over the world, from oceans and seas to rivers and lakes. In addition to occurring naturally, some cities also adjust the fluoride content of the local drinking water, increasing it to the level considered to have cavity-fighting effects. It is an odorless salt with a slightly bitter taste, and can be found in all plants, which absorb it from the water and soil. 

Why is fluoride important? 

Long story short, fluoride is an important tool in dental health because it keeps teeth strong. How does it do that? Well, first you’ll need to understand enamel, as well as demineralization/remineralization

Enamel is the outer layer of your tooth, and is made from tightly spaced mineral crystals. When you eat and drink, plaque forms on your teeth, and the bacteria in the plaque excrete acids that dissolve tooth enamel, resulting in demineralization. However, this loss of enamel can be balanced out when minerals in your saliva (or the water you drink) are deposited on your teeth, resulting in remineralization. When you lose more minerals than you gain, your teeth are at greater risk of developing cavities. Here’s how fluoride helps: 

  • Fluoride in food and water enters the bloodstream, and in kids, it becomes part of their permanent teeth, even if they still have their baby teeth. The fluoride will also be contained in their saliva, thereby remineralizing teeth from the outside as well. 
  • Fluoride can also be applied via toothpastes, rinses, or even dentist-applied fluoride treatments. These topical applications increase remineralization of the teeth, which helps protect them from cavities. 

If you’re prone to cavities, or want to protect your child’s teeth as much as possible, you may be interested in a fluoride treatment during your next dental checkup. Just let us know if you have any questions; here at Jordan Dentistry, we’re always happy to discuss your dental health concerns and questions with you to find the best treatment plan.

Give us a call at 770-888-6262 to schedule Cumming GA dentist appointments for you and your family, or contact us online. From routine family dentistry to cosmetic and periodontal services, we can help you improve every aspect of your dental health, all in our spacious, comfortable office. Now that’s something to smile about!