Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral shown to help prevent tooth decay. It can also help repair damaged teeth, making them stronger and more decay-resistant. Fluoride allows teeth to grow by strengthening the enamel, the hard outer part of the tooth. At Dental Care of Fremont, fluoride treatments are a simple and effective way to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. They are most often recommended for patients of all ages, though children may need them more frequently than other age groups. A fluoride treatment is the application of a highly concentrated fluoride varnish to your teeth. The fluoride helps to re-mineralize the tooth surfaces, thus decreasing the risk of cavities. The varnish is a sticky substance that adheres to the teeth and is brushed on after cleaning each tooth. After the teeth have been dried off, the varnish is left on the teeth for a few minutes. Regular professional cleanings are also highly recommended because they help remove plaque or tartar buildup from your mouth. This will help keep decay at bay as well.
The Benefits of Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments are one of the simplest and most effective methods of preventative care for the smile. These treatments are often recommended as part of a regular cleaning procedure, especially for children, to ensure their teeth are as healthy as possible as they emerge. The mineral is absorbed into the teeth to strengthen them from the inside out, which helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities from forming in the first place.
In addition to providing your teeth with strength, these treatments also provide your mouth with an extra layer of protection against bacteria and other harmful irritants that can harm the teeth and gums. It can also help protect against gum disease, a common ailment that affects millions of people worldwide every year. If you struggle with dry mouth, this treatment can help to alleviate the symptoms while providing your smile with some added protection.
The Procedure for Fluoride Treatments
Before the fluoride treatment, your dentist will ensure your teeth are clean and free of plaque and debris. They may perform a dental cleaning to remove surface stains and tartar buildup. The fluoride treatment involves the application of a fluoride solution, gel, foam, or varnish to your teeth. The specific type of fluoride product used may vary based on the dentist's preference and the patient's needs. After the fluoride application, you may be instructed to rinse your mouth to remove excess fluoride. It's important to avoid eating, drinking, or rinsing for at least thirty minutes following the treatment to allow the fluoride to be fully absorbed by the teeth.
Fluoride treatments are safe and effective in preventing tooth decay, mainly when used with good oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. For the best dental care, visit Dental Care of Fremont at 43195 Mission Blvd # B4, Fremont, CA 94539, or call (510) 651-8479.