What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is one of the most helpful substances in keeping teeth strong and healthy. It’s often found in most dental products, as well as public water supplies. However, if you’re not getting enough fluoride, or if you or a child is susceptible to tooth decay, we may recommend additional treatments. These fluoride treatments are easy, quick, and noninvasive, and they’re incredibly effective at keeping teeth protected from tooth decay.
Why are Fluoride Treatments needed?
If you do not currently use fluoride-containing dental products, or if you are susceptible to tooth decay, we may recommend fluoride treatments. We often recommend these treatments for children, who don’t always have the best brushing or eating habits. The treatment itself can be requested at virtually any time. It’s done within seconds in our office, and protects against tooth decay, which can lead to the need for fillings and root canals.
Who is a candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Most often, we’ll recommend these treatments to children. Children are often more prone to developing tooth decay than adults because of how vulnerable their teeth are, as well as their inability to brush and floss properly. However, there is no age restriction for fluoride treatments. Even as an adult, you will benefit from having these treatments applied.
What happens during Fluoride Treatments?
The process begins by cleaning and drying the teeth. Liquid fluoride is then carefully brushed over each of your teeth. Fluoride is often bitter-tasting, but this taste is temporary and will dissipate quickly. We recommend avoiding eating or drinking anything for a short time after the treatment is applied. This prevents the fluoride from being washed away, which stops it from doing its actual job. You can have these treatments done at any of your future appointments. We often provide them to kids because of the fact that their teeth are more prone to tooth decay which can result in the need for additional dental work.
If you think you might need fluoride treatments, call our office today and we will be able to get you in for an appointment.