Fluoride

Fluoride

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Brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly are some of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy and clean! However, did you know that rinsing with fluoride can also help keep your teeth in tip-top shape?

 

Fluoride is a mineral that naturally strengthens your enamel and can help prevent cavities and decay. It does this by coating your tooth to create a strong barrier that hardens your teeth while preventing plaque from building up. The results of fluoride treatment are long-lasting*.

 

How do I get fluoride?

Fluoride comes in two different varieties – systemic and topical.

 

Systemic fluoride is ingested. Often, you will receive small amounts of fluoride in your public drinking water. In children, this fluoride can actually strengthen their teeth while they are forming under the gums. Although there is actually very little fluoride in the water, it will begin building up over time. Eventually, the mineral will start manifesting in your saliva. This is completely safe and will help strengthen your enamel, making your teeth stronger and resistant to decay!

 

Topical fluoride is applied directly to the teeth. At home, you receive topical fluoride in your toothpaste and mouthwash. If you choose to have a fluoride treatment at a dental office, it is usually applied in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish.

 

Should I get a fluoride treatment?

Fluoride can help protect teeth in patients young and old. Treatment can be performed in just a few minutes. This will help protect your teeth for months — or even years to come!

 

Dr. Wynn may recommend a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months — depending on your personal oral health. She may also recommend a topical fluoride treatment when she suspects that a patient is not receiving enough of the mineral through other methods.

 

After a fluoride treatment, we ask that patients do not rinse, eat, or drink for 30 minutes. This will allow the teeth enough time to fully absorb the mineral. At-home mouthwash, gel, and antibacterial fluoride rinse products are also available.

 

Should I choose an at-home or in-office fluoride treatment?

If you choose to use an at-home fluoride product, always check to see if the product has an American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. Those with ADA seals have been carefully checked and tested to ensure they are safe and effective.

 

If you would like to learn more about fluoride treatments and how they can keep your teeth bright and healthy, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns!

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