You can find fluoride naturally in food and water that you consume. It is a nutrient that restores minerals to tooth surfaces, where bacteria erode the enamel. This erosion happens naturally as you age, and any time you eat or drink. Fluoride also helps to inhibit harmful bacterial growth in your mouth and helps to prevent cavities.
Fluoride will not stop decay, but it can help prevent or stop decay from penetrating deeper into your teeth. It will help to create a stronger outer surface to your teeth. Regularly using fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, and more help to revitalize the minerals of your teeth.
Ingesting and regularly using fluoride is not always enough for everyone, and professional treatment may be necessary. At Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry in Glendale, AZ, we perform a variety of fluoride treatments. This will help to restore and protect your smile from any further damage.
What It Is
Professional fluoride treatments take only a couple of minutes. It may come in different forms, including gels and varnishes. These can be applied in several ways, including manually with a cotton swab or by use of a tray. The tray will be applied and held in your mouth for several minutes.
After your treatment, you will be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the fluoride to absorb into your teeth and will help to repair decayed areas. Your dentist may recommend thfat you return for a treatment every three to six months or every year, depending on your oral health status at the time of your appointment. The treatment will be thorough, and we assure you that it is a gentle process.
Who Needs Treatment?
Everyone can benefit from fluoride treatments. This is true even if you brush your teeth for the recommended standard twice daily for two minutes at each brushing. Fluoride treatments are especially useful for people who suffer dry mouth conditions or gum disease. You should also have regularly-scheduled fluoride treatments if you have a history of frequent cavities or if you have bridges or braces.
How to Receive Fluoride Treatments
If you would like to schedule a fluoride treatment near you in Glendale, AZ, you can contact us at Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry. We are currently accepting new patients. Your first appointment will include our staff getting to know you while we examine and clean your teeth, which will help to prevent any future dental problems.