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What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has the ability to strengthen and protect teeth. It is found in most toothpaste, is added to public water supplies, and can be found in trace amounts in some foods.
Fluoride helps teeth by restoring minerals in the enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, which strengthens it. By strengthening this layer, it will be more resistant to acid and bacteria in your mouth. Some studies have even shown that fluoride treatments will not only prevent decay but even slow decay that is already in progress.
What to Expect During Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments come in several forms including gels, foam, and varnish.
While the application is different, each only takes a few minutes and is painless.
While the fluoride in toothpaste and in fluoride treatments is the same mineral, the concentrations are much higher in a treatment. Fluoride in water and toothpaste does help dental health, but higher concentrations in treatments are more effective at slowing and preventing decay.
Side effects of fluoride are rare unless you have chronic overexposure. These side effects may include white streaks in the teeth, and pitting on the teeth. More serious side effects are possible but typically only with very high doses.
Discuss with your dentist any other fluoride treatments you have had or concerns about your fluoride dosage. Fluoride is generally safe and beneficial for most patients but it is important to always discuss your medical history with your dentist before proceeding with any treatment.
Who Should Go to a Fluoride Treatment Dentist
Fluoride treatments are typically only given to children up to the age of 18, however, adults can benefit from them as well. In particular, adults with certain health concerns, those who smoke, and those who are prone to cavities may see the most benefits.
Your dentist may recommend fluoride if you have a condition that increases the likelihood of tooth decay, including:
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Fluoride can be an easy and cost-effective way to prevent and slow the decay of teeth for both children and adults.
Call Marketplace Dentistry today to schedule an exam and find out if fluoride treatments are right for you.