What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is a vital element to preventing tooth decay, and protecting the health of your smile. For the most part, many patients get enough fluoride through the water that they drink and the dental products that they use. However, there are certain circumstances when additional fluoride treatments are beneficial. Children and adults alike can benefit from fluoride treatments done in our office.
Why are Fluoride Treatments needed?
We may recommend fluoride treatment if you do not get enough fluoride through the water you drink and the products you use. Children can especially benefit from fluoride treatments, since they are more susceptible to developing cavities. If you already have a lot of fillings, and tend to get cavities relatively easily, fluoride treatments may be a good choice for you. The fluoride will help to strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay.
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What makes you a good candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
To determine if you are a good candidate for fluoride treatments, you’ll come into our office for an exam. We can help you determine if you would benefit from this treatment. You can request fluoride treatments at each of your bi-annual appointments, or more often as needed. Children will often be recommended to have fluoride treatments at every one of their checkup appointments.
Fluoride Treatments in Duncanville, TX
What to expect when receiving fluoride treatment at our dental office: We first perform a dental exam and cleaning as part of your preventative care. Next, our doctor will apply a fluoride paste or foam to the teeth. Fluoride has a slightly bitter taste that will soon dissipate as it melts into the teeth. You will be instructed on how long to wait before drinking and eating after having the treatment done. You can have this same treatment done at each of your dental appointments, as a way to protect your teeth from decay, avoiding the need for eventual fillings, root canals, and even permanent extractions.
If you need fluoride treatments or if you’re interested in them for your child, call us today and we can help to answer all of your questions.