Tooth decay can be caused by many different factors, but there are many different ways to prevent it. Fluoride is a mineral that can prevent cavities and even repair teeth by making them stronger. It works on a microscopic level to fight cavities before they form and by remineralizing the hard outer layer of the teeth.
Fluoride can be applied topically through methods like fluoride toothpaste or mouthwashes. Systemic fluorides are the type that is swallowed. Examples include a fluoride supplement or fluoridated water.
A professional fluoride treatment that is used in dental offices is a stronger concentration than toothpaste and mouthwashes. The process is quite quick and simple. It involves placing a varnish on the teeth via a gel, rinse or foam.
Fluoride treatments have been used for decades on adults and children. Some people are at a higher risk for caries, which can lead to cavities. Other factors that can cause an increase in the risk of caries, and could be helped by a fluoride treatment, include:
Lack of regular dental care
Poor oral hygiene
Tooth enamel defects
Exposed root of the tooth
Dry mouth caused by decreased salivary flow
After your fluoride treatment, you should avoid food or drink for at least 30 minutes to fully allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on many factors, including your current health status, your dentist can recommend how often you should get a fluoride treatment. Those at high risk for carries may need to receive treatments every three months, while those with a consistent oral health track record could just get it once a year.
Dentistry is a proven way to help enhance people’s lives, and it’s a privilege for me to positively affect the health of so many families in my community. Modern dental care provides a wealth of benefits, and it is my goal to give my patients the oral health & beautiful smiles they deserve.