When you or your child go in for a dental checkup, the dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment. This is a very common dental procedure- perhaps you’ve been receiving fluoride treatments for years. In this article, we will explain why fluoride treatments are helpful for patients of all ages and go over what you can expect at the dentist’s office.
What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is a mineral that has been used for decades to prevent cavities and promote oral health. Fluoride helps to protect teeth by strengthening enamel and warding off bacteria. Because fluoride is so helpful to teeth, it is often added to things like toothpaste and drinking water. During a fluoride treatment, a dentist will deliver a larger dose of fluoride to teeth for maximum cavity and bacteria protection.
How are Fluoride Treatments Administered?
Different types of fluoride treatments are administered in different ways. The most common fluoride treatments are administered as special mouthwashes, gels, or foams. A dentist will either apply the fluorinated material to your teeth, or you might even administer it yourself (this is usually the case if you are using a fluoride rinse). The treatment is quick, simple, and painless. After the treatment, patients will need to avoid eating or drinking for a half hour so that the fluoride can fully penetrate the teeth.
Preventative Care at Sair Dental
Sair Dental Group offers a variety of preventative care treatments to ensure that your smile stays healthy. Whether you need a fluoride treatment, x-ray, or are just due for a cleaning, our team is ready to help.