What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments can help to keep your teeth protected, healthy and strong. You can find fluoride in most dental products available in stores. However, if you need an extra boost of protection or aren’t using fluoridated products, in-office treatments are a great option. Fluoride treatments are especially beneficial to children, who are often more susceptible to developing tooth decay. The treatments themselves take just seconds in our office to complete.
Why would Fluoride Treatments be needed?
You might benefit from fluoride treatments if you’re not already using a fluoride-containing toothpaste. If you’re prone to cavities or already have quite a few fillings from past areas of decay, it might be a good idea to protect your teeth with additional fluoride. We often recommend fluoride treatments to our pediatric patients as a way to keep their teeth strong and healthy. Treatment can be done in conjunction with other appointments and procedures, like when you come in for a cleaning and exam.
Who is a candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is a safe and effective option for patients wanting a stronger, healthier smile. We will recommend fluoride treatments based on your individual needs. If we feel that you wouldn’t benefit from these treatments, we can find other options available to you. However, the majority of our patients can and will benefit from fluoride treatments done in-office.
What happens during Fluoride Treatments?
We begin by applying a layer of clear fluoride varnish to your teeth. This process takes just seconds. You will be instructed to avoid brushing, eating, drinking or rinsing for roughly an hour following your appointment. We can apply fluoride after performing other procedures or after your cleaning and exam. For our pediatric patients, we often recommend these treatments every six months. For adult patients, we can work with you to find a fluoride schedule that best suits your smile and dental needs.
If you’d like to learn more about fluoride treatments and how they’re done, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.