Fluoride treatments are one way to maintain optimal oral health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found throughout nature including in the soil and in some water supplies. In fact, researchers discovered that individuals who grew up drinking water that contained fluoride had fewer cavities compared to those individuals who did not drink fluoridated water.
Dental Care Benefits
Fluoride, which is absorbed through the tooth enamel, is known to prevent demineralization of the enamel. Reducing the loss of vital minerals and aiding in their replenishment is crucial to reducing the risk of decay.
Though the use of fluoride-treated dental care products reduces an individual’s chances of developing various oral ailments, occasionally, professional fluoride application is necessary. For example, individuals with poor oral hygiene, active decay, lack of regular professional dental care, decreased saliva, or a poor diet may require professional fluoride treatments.
The Fluoride Treatment Process
Fluoride applications are neither painful nor time-consuming. The process lasts for a few minutes and involves a dental care professional applying fluoride-containing gel, varnish, or paste to the tooth enamel with a small brush or swab.
Patients should refrain from eating or drinking for one hour after fluoride application so that the fluoride is able to fully absorb into the enamel.
How Often are Treatments Necessary?
The frequency of receiving fluoride treatments varies with each patient. Factors that the dentist considers when determining the frequency of treatment are age, diet, general health, and lifestyle choices such as cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption. That said, under typical circumstances, fluoride is administered once or twice per year. In some cases, the dentist may recommend a fluoride rinse that patients use at home.
Contact Cypress Family Dental
If you feel you may benefit from fluoride treatment, please contact us so that we can schedule your examination to determine if fluoride treatment will benefit you. We look forward to welcoming you to the family!