Patients more prone to cavities can benefit from fluoride treatments that can protect their teeth and prevent future problems from tooth decay. Fluoride is generally present in the water you are drinking or the products you use. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we recommend fluoride treatments if you are not getting sufficient amounts of the mineral. Children can hugely benefit from undergoing fluoride treatment, as it effectively prevents cavity formations.
Why Is Fluoride Treatment Needed?
Fluoride treatment can be availed during your routine dental exams. The procedure is straightforward and takes just seconds to apply to your teeth. Fluoride treatment is a proactive approach to keep your teeth healthy and strong. People, who don’t brush efficiently, consume a high sugar diet, or who are at risk of developing cavities can benefit from this treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Fluoride Treatments?
To get the optimum benefits from fluoride, it should be systemic and topical, which means consumed in beverages and applied to teeth. There are several benefits of fluoride treatments, including:
- Fluorides help to refill tiny pieces of enamel that get worn away due to daily wear and tear.
- Fluorides shield the enamel from acids and bacterial plaque.
- Fluorides can slow down bacterial metabolism in the mouth, causing oral bacteria to produce lower amounts of harmful acid and reducing the acid attacks known to break down tooth enamel.
- The treatment is non-invasive and painless.
- The teeth won’t need any specific care after the fluoride application.
How Are Fluorides Applied?
The procedure to apply fluoride is unbelievably quick and simple. It can be performed simultaneously with your other courses. We will first need to meticulously clean and dry the teeth before applying liquid fluoride to the area. The process takes just about sixty seconds to apply.
You will be given explicit instruction to allow for the fluoride to work effectively. An interval of about thirty minutes should be allowed before you can eat and drink foods normally.
How Often Should Fluoride Be Applied?
The frequency of fluoride treatment depends on your oral health status. Our dentist, Dr. Gary Lucombe, recommends fluoride applications once every six months. We may also suggest additional ways to prevent dental decay, such as prescription products or fluoride mouth rinses.
If you are stressed about your oral health or experiencing recurrent dental caries, visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910. You can also reach us at 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082 and schedule an appointment.