Protect your teeth with fluoride.
If your town doesn’t have fluoride in the water system, then in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth, rinsing with fluoride, a mineral that strengthens teeth and prevents cavities, is important for your oral health. Fluoride helps prevent cavities and decay by hardening the enamel and stopping plaque from building up on your tooth’s surface.
You Receive Fluoride In Two Ways
Systemic Fluoride: Systemic fluoride is typically ingested via a public water supply or by vitamins containing fluoride. This method of fluoride intake gradually strengthens your teeth over time.
Topical Fluoride: Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth enamel usually through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications by your dentist or hygienist. Topical applications also help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.
Receiving A Fluoride Treatment From Our Dentist
It only takes a few minutes to have a professional fluoride treatment done. Fluoride can come in the form of gel, foam, varnish or solution and is applied with a cotton swab, by rinsing your teeth with a solution or by placing a tray filled with varnish over your teeth. You may have to receive fluoride treatments every three, six or twelve months depending on your oral health or our dentist’s recommendation. Patients are usually asked not to eat or drink for 30 minutes after receiving a fluoride treatment so they can receive maximum effectiveness. The use of fluoride and the type we use depends upon each patient’s tendency toward getting cavities.
Choosing The Right Treatment
Make sure that every fluoride product that you purchase (ex: mouthwash or toothpaste) has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) approval. Products that have been approved by the ADA have been reviewed and guaranteed for safety and effectiveness.