What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that aids in the rebuilding of tooth enamel and the reversal of early signs of tooth decay. It enters your body in two ways: systemically and topically. Fluoridated water (most tap water) and dietary fluoride supplements are examples of systemic fluorides. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the teeth through toothpaste, mouth rinses, and dental treatments.
What is Fluoride Treatment?
A dental fluoride treatment is typically a professional treatment that contains a high concentration of fluoride — applied to a person’s teeth by a dentist or hygienist to improve oral health and reduce the risk of cavities.
There are some high-concentration fluoride treatments available for use at home, but only under the supervision of a dentist. Meanwhile, the fluoride used by dentists in their professional treatments is similar to that found in toothpaste. However, these treatments contain much higher doses and may provide faster results.
Professional fluoride treatment for teeth is usually only a few minutes long. Fluoride may be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish. It can be applied with a swab or brush, or it can be placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for a few minutes.
Do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after the treatment to allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride and promote the repairing of microscopic areas of decay. Your dentist or hygienist will also guide you further about fluoride treatment aftercare.
Your dentist is going to recommend a treatment every 6 to 12 months — depending on the status of your oral health.
If you have a higher risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend additional preventive measures, such as over-the-counter or prescription fluoride mouth rinses or gels, or an antibacterial mouth rinse.
Benefits of a Dental Fluoride Treatment
The following are five important benefits of investing in a professional treatment:
- Protection for the tooth enamel
- Adds vital minerals to your mouth
- Fight tooth decay and prevent cavities
- Works as a natural preventive measure for oral health
- Helps save money in the long run by avoiding costly dental treatments
Fluoride Treatment for Children
A child can begin receiving fluoride treatments at the dentist when the first tooth appears. However, children under the age of two should continue to use fluoride-free toothpaste. Too much fluoride consumed as a child before the adult teeth have erupted can result in dental fluorosis. Do not worry, as the fluoride varnish used by the dentist to prevent tooth decay in children is completely safe. They only use a small amount of fluoride, and very little of it is swallowed.
Get a Fluoride Treatment in Chula Vista
Dr. Nick Addario offers fluoride treatments for both adults and children at his dental practice in Chula Vista. To learn more about the treatment, how to get rid of cavities, and maintain your oral health, call or visit us.