Everyone wants a quick and painless way to prevent cavities. Fluoride is one of the most effective ways to remineralize and strengthen your enamel. Research has shown that fluoride not only prevents dental caries but also repairs cavities in their early stages.
When we eat food, particularly sweet and starchy food, the bacteria in our mouth produce acid that dissolves our enamel. At Spektor Dental, and we may recommend fluoride treatment for you that can protect your teeth against decay. This mineral forms a hard layer over your enamel preventing bacteria from damaging the surface of your teeth and interfering with acid production.
What Does a Fluoride Treatment Involve?
If you have teeth that are at moderate or high risk of cavities, fluoride treatment can add an extra layer of protection to them.
We will first make a fluoride preparation using a higher concentration of fluoride than that found in toothpaste and other OTC dental products. We may apply the mineral in the form of a gel, solution, or foam with the help of a cotton swab, brush, or a dental tray.
The fluoride mixture is allowed to rest on your teeth for several minutes. During that time, you will be instructed not to rinse your mouth or eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes while the fluoride is hardening.
Depending on the health of your teeth, you may need to get fluoride treatment every three, six, nine, or 12 months.
We may also use fluoride varnishes and rinses approved by the American Dental Association as preventive measures.
Candidates of Fluoride Treatment
Everyone who is over two years of age is a good candidate for fluoride treatment. Fluoride treatment should not be provided to children less than two years of age since it can lead to fluorosis that can discolor their teeth. Pregnant women should also delay taking fluoride treatment until after they have delivered their baby.
Adults who are at high risk of cavities can also benefit from fluoride treatment. These include people with dry mouth, gum disease, and history of cavities.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
According to the American Dental Association, fluoride can help repair enamel even in adults. Fluoride also offers several advantages including:
Side Effects of Using Fluoride
Just like anything taken in excess is harmful, so is fluoride. If you take too much fluoride, it can lead to certain side effects:
If you or your child is at risk of developing cavities, fluoride treatment is a good way to prevent this. Call us at (425) 247-3629 to schedule an appointment with us.