Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can strengthen teeth. It can, therefore, help to prevent tooth decay. In fact, experts say that the best way to prevent tooth decay is to receive fluoride from several sources.
Fluoride can be found naturally in small amounts in water. Food such as meat, fish, eggs, and tea also contain fluoride. Most cities add it to their main water supply, and it can be found in many store-bought oral care products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses. Dentist offices provide fluoride treatments for individuals who do not receive a sufficient amount on a daily basis.
Considering fluoride treatments in Mandeville? Fluoride treatments can be applied for adults or children. Anyone who is at risk for dental decay is a good candidate for topical fluoride treatments (where the fluoride is applied directly to the teeth).
To apply any kind of fluoride treatment, teeth should be clean. If an at-home fluoride rinse or gel is being used, teeth should be thoroughly brushed and flossed. It’s recommended that the application be at night so that the fluoride is then less likely to be washed or rinsed away.
Ready for your in-office fluoride treatments in Mandeville, LA? In-office fluoride treatments contain more fluoride than over-the-counter fluoride mouthwashes or toothpaste and are chemically different to stay longer on the teeth, but they are still safe for both adults and children. Just as with at-home treatments, teeth need to be clean for in-office fluoride treatments. Your dentist may clean and/or polish and dry the teeth to prepare them. The fluoride can be applied as either a varnish, foam, or gel. The fluoride foam and gel are applied using a tray (similar to a mouth guard) that is worn for one to four minutes. Fluoride varnish is painted directly onto the teeth. This has the advantage of targeting particularly vulnerable spots that are more likely to get cavities. Fluoride supplements can also be prescribed for children who are at high risk for tooth decay. After the completion of fluoride treatment, do not eat, drink, or smoke for at least 30 minutes to give the fluoride more time to be in contact with the teeth.