For decades, one of the most effective methods at preventing tooth decay and cavities has been fluoride treatments. The quick, painless and cost effective procedure has helped millions of children and even adults avoid the pain and cost of dental decay. Fluoride treatments involve simply applying a topical gel to teeth after a routine cleaning and exam. The gel dries quickly and teeth remain protected for months until it’s time for the next oral exam, professional cleaning and fluoride application.
Although Fluoride Treatments are often thought of as a child specific dental application, many adults can benefit from these treatments as well. Fluoride Treatments have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cavities in both children and adults of all ages.
Fluoride Treatments are absolutely safe when discussing with your dentist how much fluoride you or your child is already receiving on a daily basis. Be sure to consider whether you or your child drink tap water or bottled water and whether you use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash or not as well. Share all of this information with your dentist so they can make the best decision on whether or not Fluoride Treatments are needed for you and your family.
Fluoride Treatments help prevent tooth decay in several ways. One such way is by providing the teeth with a mineral boost which helps the teeth and their natural abilities to fight decay. It also strengthens enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth which is its protective armor. It can actually begin doing this for children before the teeth even start to erupt.