Do you know the facts about fluoride treatments? Fluoride and its use in drinking water is a source of concern for a lot of people. Building a strong defense against tooth decay requires a healthy intake of fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, even the oceans. Flouride is critical in maintaining oral health. Fluoride strengthens enamel and makes the tooth more resistant to the acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria. Fluoride also plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of permanent teeth.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to replace the necessary amount of fluoride needed to fight tooth decay from food alone. This is especially true in young children when their permanent teeth are still growing. That’s why it’s extremely important for children from ages 6-16 years old to be exposed to fluoride. Your dentist also probably offers fluoride treatments for children.
Although many people are concerned about fluoride, it is safe and endorsed by the American Dental Association.
Fluoride treatment may come in different varieties. A dentist may apply fluoride in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish during regular check-ups. These treatments contain much higher concentrations of fluoride than toothpaste and mouthwash.
1. Teeth are thoroughly dried to prevent the fluoride from diluting.
2. The fluoride gel or foam can then be applied via mouthguard for 1-4 minutes.
3. Varnish may then be painted directly on teeth that have the highest chances of cavities.
4. People will be instructed not to eat, drink, or smoke up to 30 minutes after application.
Adults no longer receiving fluoride treatments should use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash regularly to help preserve healthy smiles.
Still curious? Ask your Dental Care Center dentist about fluoride.