What is a Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is found in most dental products as well as drinking water in many cities. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t get enough fluoride because they’re either using natural dental products or not drinking fluoridated water. Because fluoride is essential in helping to prevent tooth decay, additional treatment can be applied to the teeth to protect them. These treatments are noninvasive and take just minutes in our office.
Why would Fluoride Treatments be needed?
We might recommend that you have fluoride treatments if you don’t use fluoridated dental products or if you don’t have a water source that contains fluoride. The treatment is meant to protect your teeth and prevent cavities from developing. By preventing cavities altogether, you can avoid the fillings, root canals and extraction procedures that come along with this issue. For children, we often recommend fluoride treatment at each of their checkup visits.
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Who is a candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is completely safe for your teeth and is protective rather than harmful to your oral health. Because of this, everyone is a good candidate for these treatments and can easily have them done when they visit the office. We can recommend this treatment if you have a lot of cavities or don’t have the best oral hygiene protocol. Children can especially benefit from fluoride treatments done in our office.
What can you expect during Fluoride Treatments?
We begin the process by applying a liquid fluoride to your teeth. This is done without any type of anesthetic. While the fluoride has a bitter taste, it is temporary and will go away after a short period of time. We will give you information pertaining to eating and drinking after receiving a treatment. You may need to wait up to an hour or two to eat or drink anything to prevent washing away any of this fluoride. These treatments can be done at each appointment or on an as-needed basis as well.
If you or a child can benefit from fluoride treatments in our office, call us today and one of our staff members can answer your questions.