If you are considering getting a fluoride treatment, then here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs), which may answer some of your queries regarding the treatment:

What is Fluoride?

It is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil and water. It not only aids in the development of strong bones and teeth but in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities as well.

What is dental fluoride treatment?

During a treatment, the dentist will paint a fluoride-rich liquid onto each tooth. This liquid is applied to the teeth for a few minutes before being rinsed away to remove excess fluoride. The high fluoride levels then attract healthy minerals to the enamel — strengthening the tooth over time.

How does fluoride treatment help with oral health?

Dental fluoride penetrates the tooth enamel and replenishes it with minerals: phosphate and calcium. These minerals contribute to tooth hardening. Fluoride also has the ability to combine with saliva to form an acid-resistant barrier. Some scientists also believe that it prevents bacteria from adhering to the teeth, making it easier to wash bacteria away when brushing and rinsing. According to studies, children who are exposed to dental fluoride at a young age are less likely to develop cavities.

Will fluoride reverse cavities?

No, the treatment cannot reverse cavities. The procedure is primarily used as a preventive measure, and while it can help reverse extremely minor decay, such as the initial soft spots on teeth, it cannot actually be used to treat cavities.

Does fluoride whiten the teeth?

Fluoride does not make the teeth white. It strengthens the enamel. For improving the discolouration of your teeth and brightening your smile, your dentist will recommend a whitening treatment.

What is fluoride treatment aftercare?

To gain the full benefit of the procedure, it is important to follow the fluoride treatment aftercare instructions provided by your dentist. Typically, patients are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke for around half an hour to one hour after the treatment. This will allow time for the fluoride to penetrate your enamel and provide the desired results for your oral health.

Are there at-home fluoride treatments?

There are some over-the-counter fluoride treatment options available that you can use at home. However, it is not recommendable to use such treatments without the supervision of your dentist.

Additionally, these at-home treatments may not provide the same results as those performed by your dentist professionally. On the other hand, dentists recommend using toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Dr. Nick Addario offers dental fluoride treatment at his dental office in Chula Vista. Patients will enjoy a comfortable and hygienic environment, along with the assistance from trained staff during each dental visit. You can also consult Dr. Addario if you are considering a treatment for your children.

To learn more about how to get rid of cavities, preventative measures against tooth decay and cavities, maintaining good oral health, or book your appointment, please call or visit us today.