What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments are great for keeping your teeth healthy and strong. You can find fluoride in many dental products as well as public water sources. However, many people can benefit from additional treatment applied to their teeth every few months. This can help to prevent decay as well as other issues, like sensitivity.
Why are Fluoride Treatments needed?
You might want or even need fluoride treatments because you are prone to tooth decay, have had many cavities in the past or you don’t have the best brushing and eating habits. Children can especially benefit from this particular type of treatment. Patients who have sensitive teeth may even benefit from added fluoride. Treatment itself takes just a few seconds in our office and can be done during other procedures.
Who is a candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Dr. Sylvie Lam will examine your teeth to determine if fluoride treatments are right for you. Most often, we will recommend them to our pediatric patients as a way to keep their smile healthy and full. This is especially true if the child doesn’t have good eating or hygiene habits at home. Adults can benefit from fluoride treatments just as much as children.
What happens during Fluoride Treatments?
The process begins by cleaning and drying the teeth. Liquid fluoride is then brushed onto the teeth carefully. The fluoride may have a bitter taste to it, but this is only temporary. You will not be able to drink or eat for about 30 minutes following the procedure. You can have fluoride added to your teeth at any appointment in the future. We often do these treatments when you come in for a cleaning and exam. This fluoride can help to protect your teeth from decay, which could prevent the need for fillings, extractions and total root canals that you may need to have done in the future.
If you think you’d benefit from fluoride treatments and want to experience our spa-like difference, call us today so that we can set you up with an appointment.