If you or a family member are at a moderate-to-high risk of developing cavities, a professional fluoride treatment can help. The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouthrinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy.
How Fluoride Treatment Is Good For Your Teeth
According to the NHS, fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay. It does this by increasing the enamel’s resistance to the actions of acids along with the buildup of healthy minerals. While fluoride is aimed toward prevention, fluoride can halt tooth decay that has already begun.
Generally, professional fluoride treatments take just a few minutes. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish. Typically, it is applied with a cotton swab or brush. Sometimes it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray held in the mouth for several minutes.
After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas.
Fluoride treatments can be performed during your routine cleaning. Schedule an appointment today.