What are Fluoride Treatments?
Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay. Fluoride strengthens existing enamel and prevents tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It can reverse early decay and reduce sensitivity. Fluoride treatments are recommended every 3-6 months depending on your oral health conditions. In young children, fluoride is also beneficial for developing teeth. However, it is just as vital for the adult mouth, perhaps even more important in some ways. There are a number of adult conditions that increase the risk of decay: dry mouth, chronic illness or medications, gum disease, gum recession, frequent cavities, crowns, bridges, braces, pitted or grooved teeth, and teens/ adults who consume large quantities of carbonated beverages and/or sweet snacks with excess sugar.
Our practice offers several fluoride options for in office treatment or home care.
What can you expect during Fluoride Treatments?
The treatment process will begin by having you sit in one of our comfortable dental chairs. We then work on cleaning your teeth before applying the fluoride. A liquid fluoride is then brushed over the teeth. You will be instructed on how to care for your teeth after treatment. For most patients, they'll need to avoid eating and drinking for about an hour to allow the fluoride to fully penetrate the teeth. You can have these treatments done as often as they are needed, as some of our patients have treatment done every single time that they come into the office for either a cleaning or checkup and want to further protect their smile.
If you would like to find out more regarding fluoride treatments, call our office today and we will be more than happy to help you further.