Pediatric Dentistry Of Pleasant Hill Tooth Tip – Fluoride


Fluoride is a natural occurring element that is nature’s way of fighting cavities. It fights cavities in several ways, but the main benefit is to make the outer layer of your teeth stronger and more resistant to acid.

Acid can attack your teeth when you eat acidic fruit or drink an acidic drink like carbonated soda. Acid is also generated in your mouth, every time you eat foods that contain sugar. Naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth consume sugar, and then release acid as a waste product. Regardless of the source, acid will break down the crystals that form our teeth until a hole is formed, also known as a cavity.

The outer layer of your tooth, called enamel, is the strongest substance in your body and is designed to resist cavities. Nevertheless, if your enamel is subjected to enough acid, it will eventually break down and lead to a cavity. To help prevent this, fluoride makes your enamel stronger and more resistant to these acid attacks. To cause a cavity you need to put much more acid on fluoridated enamel than regular enamel.

Fluoride is inexpensive, effective and safe to be used daily, and the easiest way to apply fluoride is with toothpaste. Although it is effective at preventing cavities, it does need to be reapplied regularly, kind of like recharging a battery.

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We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.

We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am

The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.

We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.

Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.

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