What is a Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatment is an important part of improving dental enamel and has been proven by the American Dental Association (ADA), the WHO (World Health Organization), the American Medical Association (AMA), and several other professional organizations as a vital part of ensuring oral health. Communities that put fluoride in their drinking water have fewer cavities and problems with tooth decay. A mineral found in the earth, as well as some foods, fluoride helps to strengthen bones and teeth. Professional fluoride treatments at Knight Dental Care in Midland, MI can help children with developing teeth and older patients with decaying enamel to restore their oral health. Get more information about fluoride treatments during your appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Edward Knight.
Do I Need a Fluoride Treatment?
Professional fluoride treatments may be given to all patients, however, they are typically given to younger patients who have developing teeth or who have not developed a good oral care routine at home. Dr. Knight also suggests professional fluoride treatments if your drinking water is not fluoridated, or you are susceptible to cavities. Knight Dental Care provides different formulas of fluoride if you have special needs, including neutral sodium fluoride if you have dry mouth or acidulated phosphate fluoride if you have restorations (crowns and bridges). There are also a variety of flavors to make these treatments easier for younger patients. To see if you could use a fluoride treatment, call our Midland, MI office today.
How Does a Fluoride Treatment Work?
Professional fluoride treatments are usually performed twice a year after your cleaning. After your flavor is selected, our hygienist will prepare the treatment as a foam, gel, or paint-on varnish. It will be kept on for several minutes so the fluoride can penetrate the enamel, then you can spit it out. The hygienist will use suction to help clear your mouth after the treatment since you will not be able to rinse your mouth, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes after.
Fluoride treatment FAQs
How many times should you get fluoride treatment?
Fluoride treatment is an easy way to protect your smile from tooth decay and cavities. The ADA recommends fluoride treatment every six or 12 months, depending on your oral health. If you are at risk of dental cavities in Midland, MI, more frequent treatments may be recommended.
Are there any side effects of fluoride?
As with any dental treatment, fluoride can cause some unwanted side effects. Too much fluoride can cause nausea and stomachaches, as well as a condition called fluorosis, which causes discoloration or white marks on the teeth. Dr. Knight can provide more information about fluoride treatment side effects at our office.
How else can I prevent cavities?
Proper oral hygiene is essential for you and your children. In addition to fluoride treatments, make sure you brush your teeth twice daily and use an approved antibacterial mouthwash. Continue to visit Knight Dental Care for routine dental checkups and call if you experience any problems with your teeth or gums.
Make sure your family has healthy, strong smiles with professional fluoride treatments at Knight Dental Care. Dr. Knight recommends fluoride treatments for younger patients with developing teeth, as well as older patients who would like to avoid cavities. If you have questions about our fluoride treatments, cost, financing, or insurance, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Knight Dental Care today.