What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride has been shown to be effective to protect and prevent tooth decay. You might already be getting enough fluoride through the products you use and the water that you drink. However, if you aren’t getting enough fluoride or if you’re looking to further strengthen your teeth, it is time to consider the benefits of fluoride treatments. These treatments are ideal for patients of all ages and can help protect against tooth decay.
Why are Fluoride Treatments needed?
You might need or even want fluoride treatments because you’re looking to strengthen your teeth in a way that prevents cavities from forming. We might recommend these treatments if you’re susceptible to decay or already have a lot of fillings. For children, we normally advise parents to consider fluoride treatments at each of their biannual examinations. This allows us to personally care for their smile and prevent the need for future dental treatment.
Who is a good candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
There is absolutely no age limit when it comes to fluoride treatments. It’s never too young to consider fluoride for your children and it’s never too late to take a proactive approach to a healthier smile. The beauty about fluoride treatments is that they’re quick and easy to apply. In fact, they’re often done in conjunction with other treatments.
What happens during the Fluoride Treatment process?
The procedure typically starts with a cleaning and examination. Once this is finished, we clean and dry the your teeth before applying the fluoride varnish. The liquid varnish is then applied carefully to each tooth. You will be instructed on when to eat and drink after the procedure has been done. In most cases, you’ll need to wait about 30 minutes before eating, drinking or rinsing your mouth. Fluoride treatments are most often done every six months during your routine preventative care appointment. They can be done more often as needed for our patients wanting to further protect their smiles.
If you think you may need or want fluoride treatments, call our office today so that we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.