What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is important in keeping teeth strong and healthy. If you do not get enough fluoride through the water that you drink and the dental products you use, we may suggest additional treatment. Fluoride treatments are most often done on pediatric patients, but they can be just as beneficial for adults as well. The treatment itself takes just minutes in our office.
Why are Fluoride Treatments needed?
There are a few reasons why you may want to consider fluoride treatments. For one, you may be prone to tooth decay and already have a lot of fillings in your teeth. Children who don’t have the best brushing and eating habits will benefit greatly from fluoride treatments. If you’re looking for a way to further protect and strengthen your teeth, these treatments are highly beneficial and can save your teeth from needing fillings, root canals and extractions.
Who is a good candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Most often, we’ll recommend that children have these fluoride treatments. They can be done every six months during their checkup appointments. If you’re an adult, you can request these fluoride treatments at virtually any time. If we feel you’d benefit from treatment, we’ll recommend fluoride at your next appointment.
What happens during Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments are easy, quick and noninvasive. The liquid fluoride is applied to your teeth in just a few short seconds. You will not be able to drink or eat anything for about a half an hour in order for the fluoride to work effectively. You can have this treatment repeated at virtually any and every appointment in the future. Fluoride can help to protect your teeth from decay and prevent the need for more invasive treatments later on. They are especially beneficial for children and teens who are more susceptible to tooth decay and who may not have the best oral hygiene habits at home.
If you think you might benefit from fluoride treatment or have a child who needs treatment, call us today and we can get you in for an appointment.