Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel and is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. When used in addition to twice-daily brushings, flossing and your regular dental checkups at Ramona Main Street Dental, fluoride treatments can help keep your teeth healthy and free from cavities.
There are several ways to treat your teeth with fluoride. At home, you can treat your teeth with fluoride by using certain kinds of toothpaste and mouth rinses which apply the fluoride directly to the teeth. In addition to a topical fluoride application, you may also be absorbing fluoride by drinking fluoridated water.
Certain groups of people are at higher risk for dental cavities. For these groups, the fluoride that’s in toothpaste and water isn’t concentrated enough to prevent tooth decay. High-risk groups include people with poor dental hygiene or who have not had regular, professional cleanings, individuals with alcohol abuse, drug abuse or eating disorders, smokers, individuals who already have cavities or who have a lot of cavity-causing bacteria present already.
If you are at a higher risk for developing tooth decay, contact Ramona Main Street Dental for an in-office fluoride treatment. Your dental professional will be able to apply a much higher strength fluoride solution than what is available for purchase and in-home use.
Getting a professional fluoride treatment is quick; it should only take a few minutes. Before your fluoride treatment, tell your dentist if you are pregnant. During your treatment, your dentist will apply a fluoride gel directly to your teeth using a cotton swab or brush. In other cases, you may have the fluoride set in a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes or uses the fluoride in a rinse solution.
Your dentist will recommend how often you should come in for a professional fluoride treatment (it could be every 3, 6 or 12 months). After your treatment, you should avoid eating, drinking, or using any kind of mouth rinse for 30 minutes to ensure the fluoride is properly absorbed. You should not experience any tooth discomfort or sensitivity after your professional fluoride treatment.