What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments help to protect teeth and prevent tooth decay. When a tooth becomes decayed, you may require fillings, root canals and even extractions. For people who may not get enough fluoride through their drinking water and dental products as well as individuals who eat high-sugar diets, fluoride treatments can be essential in keeping teeth healthy and strong. The fluoride can be applied like a varnish and is done in just a few seconds in our office.
Why are Fluoride Treatments needed?
Fluoride treatments are ideal for both adult and pediatric patients. The purpose of fluoride treatments is to keep your teeth strong and healthy to prevent cavities. Some of the reasons you or a loved one may need fluoride treatments include:
- You eat a high-sugar diet
- You eat a lot of acidic foods
- You don’t use fluoridated toothpastes or mouthwashes
- Your tap water at home does not contain fluoride
- You smoke cigarettes or chew smokeless tobacco
- You have chronic dry mouth
What makes you a good candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Prior to having fluoride treatment done in-office, we will perform an exam and consultation. Most children are good candidates for fluoride treatments as they are more susceptible to developing cavities. However, it’s not uncommon for adults to need additional fluoride treatments to protect their teeth. Fluoride can be applied to your teeth at each of your bi-annual appointments or more often as needed.
What happens during Fluoride Treatments?
You will come into our office and be seated comfortably. We then apply the fluoride using a soft brush similar to a varnish. The fluoride is given time to dry and sink deep into the tooth, where it is able to strengthen and protect your smile. You will be instructed on how long to avoid eating and drinking after the fluoride treatment. You can have these treatments applied at each checkup appointment to keep your teeth as strong as possible and to prevent decay. Children are advised to have fluoride treatments regularly to protect vulnerable baby teeth.
If you are interested in fluoride treatments for yourself or a loved one, call us today and we will be happy to get you in for an appointment.