Fluoride Treatments – Waterford, PA
Promote Strong, Healthy Enamel
Your teeth are meant to last for a lifetime with the right care. Unfortunately, they are constantly under attack by cavity-causing bacteria. Tooth decay is the biggest threat to the oral health of patients of all ages and backgrounds. As your family dentist in Waterford, we can help safeguard your loved ones’ smiles from cavities with a fluoride treatment. The quick, painless preventive treatment strengthens the enamel to make it more resistant to tooth decay. We’ll help you invest in healthy smiles that last.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in many natural sources that’s necessary to build and maintain strong teeth. Often referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter,” children who have regular fluoride treatments are 43% less likely to have tooth decay.
Although the treatments are often recommended for children, you’re never too old to benefit from the protection of fluoride. They contain a higher amount of fluoride than what you’ll find in over-the-counter products, like toothpastes, to provide a greater level of protection.
The American Dental Association recommends a professional fluoride treatment every 3, 6, or 12 months depending on your specific oral health needs. If you have a heightened risk for cavities, such as from poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, or weak enamel, you’ll suggest you have a treatment more frequently to protect your smile.
What are the Benefits of a Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride can help your enamel resist cavity-causing bacteria, and it can also restore areas of weakened enamel to replenish lost calcium and phosphate. This makes teeth more resistant to decay while also repairing minor areas of erosion. Overall, fluoride treatments offer a variety of benefits, including:
- Reduces risk of tooth decay.
- Reverses early stages of decay.
- Reduces tooth sensitivity.
- Sade, natural solution.
- Painless, noninvasive treatment.
- Suitable for patients 2 years and older.
What Can I Expect During a Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments are routinely provided during semi-annual cleanings and checkups. After your teeth are cleaned, a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish is applied to the teeth using a brush, swab, tray, or mouthwash. After it’s applied, it’s best to avoid eating or drinking anything for the next 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to be completely absorbed.
Invest in Cavity-Free Smiles
Although fluoride treatments are effective for reducing tooth decay, they aren’t a substitute for your oral hygiene habits. When combined with the right care at home and from your dentist, you can invest in cavity-free smiles for your loved ones. To ward off tooth decay, it’s best to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t drink alcohol in excess.
- Visit our office at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Give your family an added layer of protection against tooth decay. Ask us about a fluoride treatment during your next visit. If it’s time for a cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.