Fluoride treatments at the right levels are ideal for patients who want an extra level of protection against cavities. Because cavities are often a result of improper brushing, poor diet, medication or a combination of all, fluoride treatments are a way to help remineralize teeth that are breaking down. Fluoride treatments help the pH return to a healthier level and the calcium and phosphate in the saliva can recrystallize into hydroxyapatite thus remineralizing the enamel. Unfortunately, some patients are simply more prone to developing cavities than others. In order to protect your teeth and prevent cavities, we can apply a clear fluoride varnish to your teeth at your next appointment.
WHY MIGHT FLUORIDE TREATMENTS BE NEEDED?
There are benefits that come from having fluoride treatments applied to your teeth. For patients who have sensitive teeth, fluoride can be helpful in protecting the teeth against severe sensitivity. Likewise, fluoride treatments are ideal for children and teens who may not have the best brushing, flossing or eating habits. Fluoride works by protecting teeth and preventing areas of decay and remineralizing their teeth.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR FLUORIDE TREATMENTS?
Most patients are good candidates for fluoride treatments. Treatment is easy, quick and noninvasive, and you can benefit from it when it comes to preventing tooth decay. We often recommend fluoride to children and teenagers as a way to protect their existing and developing teeth. However, there is no age limit as to who would benefit from fluoride treatments, so it’s a viable option for adults as well.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FLUORIDE TREATMENT PROCESS?
The fluoride treatment process will begin by applying a clear liquid varnish to your teeth. This liquid contains fluoride that is used to coat and protect your teeth. Post instructions are usually to not eat for 30 minutes. If you have children receiving fluoride treatments, it’s important to avoid having them not eat for a short time after leaving the office. This allows the fluoride to work properly and provide the protection that you need. We can apply fluoride in conjunction with other procedures and treatments in our office.
If you would like to learn more about fluoride treatments, call our office today so that we can get you in as soon as possible for care.