Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria called plaque, which will collect around your teeth and gums.
Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are helpful to get rid of a lot of this plaque, but fluoride treatments help prevent plaque and can repair teeth in the earliest stages of tooth decay.
Below are some factors that increase your risk of tooth decay and increase the need for fluoride treatment:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Lack of regular professional dental care
- Active orthodontic treatments
- Exposed root surfaces of teeth
- Poor diet
- Existing restorations