What are Fluoride Treatments?
Most of the dental products sold in drugstores today contain fluoride, which is a much-needed ingredient that helps to prevent tooth decay. If you aren’t getting enough fluoride or are simply looking for another way to fully protect your teeth, we offer in-office fluoride treatments. We often recommend these treatments to our pediatric patients as a way to prevent early childhood tooth decay, but the treatments can be just as beneficial for adults.
Why would Fluoride Treatments be needed?
If you’re not using fluoride-containing products or drinking fluoridated water, it is important to have fluoride treatments applied to your teeth to keep them healthy. Likewise, fluoride is an important component when it comes to preventing decay of baby teeth. Because children don’t always have the best eating and brushing habits, these fluoride treatments can be beneficial in preventing extensive dental problems. As an adult, keeping your teeth protected can be as simple as applying fluoride to them in a concentrated form.
What makes you a candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
With an exam and consultation, we can determine if you might benefit from fluoride treatments. Fluoride is harmless to your health and can be highly beneficial when it comes to protecting your teeth. The benefits of fluoride treatments outweigh any risks that may be involved. We often apply fluoride to our pediatric patients’ teeth before they leave the office after a bi-annual checkup visit.
What can be expected during Fluoride Treatments?
The treatment process begins with fluoride being brushed carefully over each tooth. It’s not unusual for the fluoride to have a bitter taste to it, but this is temporary and will go away shortly after it’s applied. You or your child will be instructed to not eat, drink or rinse for about 30 minutes. This gives the fluoride enough time to penetrate the teeth and actually work. You can request these treatments as often as you’d like, and we can do them in conjunction with other procedures being done. For children, we recommend fluoride treatments at every checkup visit.
If you’d like to learn more about fluoride treatments for either yourself or a child, call us now to speak with one of our trained and knowledgeable staff members.