The Role of Fluoride on Cavity Prevention

When it comes to safeguarding your smile against cavities and tooth decay, fluoride emerges as a superhero in the world of dentistry. Found naturally in water, soil, and certain foods, fluoride plays a crucial role in strengthening tooth enamel and protecting against acid erosion. At Regency Dental, a premier provider of fluoride treatment in Omaha, NE, Dr. Dan Ellingson and Dr. Kenneth Spanel champion the benefits of fluoride in promoting optimal dental health. Let’s look at the remarkable role of fluoride in cavity prevention and why fluoride treatments are a cornerstone of comprehensive dental care.

Understanding Fluoride’s Protective Power

  1. Strengthening Tooth Enamel: Tooth enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, acts as a protective barrier against bacteria and acid attacks. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel by remineralizing weakened areas and making them more resistant to acid erosion and decay.
  2. Inhibiting Acid Production: Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars and starches from food, producing acids that can wear down tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Fluoride inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria and reduces their ability to produce acid, lowering tooth decay risk.
  3. Promoting Remineralization: When tooth enamel becomes demineralized due to acid exposure, fluoride promotes remineralization by depositing essential minerals such as calcium and phosphate back into the enamel. This remineralization helps repair microscopic lesions and strengthens the tooth structure, preventing cavities from forming or progressing.
  4. Protecting Against Sensitivity: Fluoride can also help reduce tooth sensitivity by blocking tiny channels, called dentinal tubules, that transmit sensations from the tooth surface to the nerves. By forming a protective barrier over the exposed dentin, fluoride can alleviate sensitivity and discomfort caused by hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages.

The Importance of Professional Fluoride Treatment

While fluoride is available in various forms, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and drinking water, professional fluoride treatments offer targeted and concentrated protection against cavities. Here’s why fluoride treatments at Regency Dental are a valuable addition to your oral care routine:

  1. Customized Application: During a fluoride treatment at Regency Dental, Dr. Ellingson or Dr. Spanel will apply a highly concentrated fluoride solution to your teeth in a controlled manner. This application allows for precise fluoride delivery to the enamel surface, ensuring maximum effectiveness in strengthening and protecting your teeth.
  2. Strengthens Weak Areas: Fluoride treatments are particularly beneficial for individuals with weakened enamel, a history of cavities, or an increased risk of tooth decay. By reinforcing vulnerable areas of the enamel, fluoride treatments provide an added layer of defense against cavity formation and progression.
  3. Safe and Effective: Professional fluoride treatments at Regency Dental are safe, quick, and painless. The fluoride solution is applied topically to the teeth and left to penetrate the enamel for a specified period, after which any excess fluoride is rinsed away. The entire process takes just a few minutes and can be incorporated into your routine dental check-ups and cleaning appointments.
  4. Complements Oral Hygiene Practices: While fluoride treatments offer significant protection against cavities, they are most effective when combined with regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. Dr. Ellingson and Dr. Spanel may recommend fluoride treatments as part of a comprehensive preventive care plan tailored to your individual needs and oral health goals.

Our Expert Dentists at Regency Dental

At Regency Dental, we are committed to helping patients achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles through personalized, compassionate care. Dr. Dan Ellingson and Dr. Kenneth Spanel are dedicated to providing comprehensive dental services to patients in Omaha, NE, and surrounding areas, including fluoride treatment, dental crowns, and dental implants.

Fluoride Treatment in Omaha, NE

If you’re looking to fortify your smile against cavities and preserve your dental health for years to come, consider scheduling a fluoride treatment with Dr. Ellingson or Dr. Spanel at Regency Dental in Omaha, NE. With their expertise and commitment to excellence, they can help you harness the power of fluoride for a stronger, more resilient smile. Don’t let cavities and tooth decay compromise your oral health and quality of life. Schedule your appointment today and take the first step towards optimal dental health with professional fluoride treatments.

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Dear Valued Patient

Happy 2024! All of us at Regency Dental hope your year is off to a great start. As many of you have already witnessed, there are changes occurring within our practice for the past several months. Dr. Spanel is in a time of transition within the practice, and he has found a colleague who shares his core values, philosophy, and sense of personalized quality care. He was fortunate to find Dr. Dan Ellingson who is a wonderful, gentle dentist. Dr. Ellingson is a local graduate of Gross High School, UNO, and UNMC College of Dentistry. He has a strong commitment to our local community. Having this opportunity to own a private practice, Dr. Ellingson is eager to meet each of you. He and all staff members will continue working diligently to provide you with the same caring, calm and meticulous dental care you would expect to receive from Dr. Spanel.

As we continue to move forward in 2024 with this transition, we thank you for your trust, partnership, and patience as we welcome Dr. Ellingson to the practice. We have additional team members, and have updated our software programs to comply with HIPAA regulations of paperless charting. We are also updating our equipment to provide state-of-the-art care.

We all know that changes bring challenges. Please know that Dr. Spanel, Dr. Ellingson and the team at Regency Dental intend to provide you, our loyal patients, the very best dental care in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. If you haven’t scheduled your 2024 dental check-ups, please call us!

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


The Doctors and Staff at Regency Dental.