Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to help preserve the integrity of your natural teeth and can help to strengthen enamel. Enamel is the strongest substance within the human body and helps protect teeth from harsh acids, sugars, and more. However, over time, enamel can demineralize and weaken if you don’t practice good oral health. If your tooth enamel is demineralizing, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatment to prevent it from weakening further. Although fluoride is in most toothpaste and the drinking water of most cities, this low amount is not enough for some patients. To maximally fortify your enamel, a dental fluoride treatment from your dentist can be helpful. Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments today.

What Are Fluoride Treatments?

Fluoride treatments are preventative treatments that strengthen the enamel of natural teeth and help patients avoid tooth decay. Your dentist may recommend topical or systemic fluoride treatments if you have exposed roots, pits on the surface of your teeth, low fluoride exposure, poor oral hygiene, or if you consume a large number of sugars. In most cases, patients receive fluoride treatments at every dental visit until they turn 18. Children typically have less effective brushing habits and consume more sugary foods than adults.
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The Process for Fluoride Treatment

If your dentist determines that you are eligible for treatment, you will need a thorough cleaning before getting started. After the cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will apply the fluoride gel to your teeth. On occasion, children might receive fluoride treatment systemically by way of drops and tablets. Systemic fluoride, for children, can treat teeth that are still forming below the gums as well. These fluoride drops are often best for infants, and tablets are provided to children until their teen years. Children who receive fluoride treatments not only protect their smiles but prevent further harm to their teeth.

Fluoride Treatment Benefits

There are a few different benefits that you might get from undergoing treatment with fluoride. First, fluoride protects your teeth by nourishing the enamel. After a treatment, you will have more protection against cavities. Fluoride can initiate the “remineralization” process, helping your teeth naturally become stronger. Your teeth use fluoride to repair decay that may be happening.  As your teeth remineralize, small pits will fortify instead of becoming cavities.

Schedule Your Fluoride Treatments Today

If you believe that you are a candidate for fluoride treatment, talk to your dentist and hygienist today to schedule an exam. Your dentist can assist you when determining what the best fluoride treatments are for you. If you have existing cavities, the McDonogh Dental Associates team can repair the damage, provide a fluoride treatment, and then offer guidance for continuing care. Schedule your next fluoride treatment and dental appointment with McDonogh Dental Associates today for skilled and professional oral care.