We all know the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s why our dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities. Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been scientifically proven to help prevent tooth decay. It can help keep your enamel strong enough to stand up to cavity-causing bacteria and may even help repair early, microscopic areas of tooth decay.
Fluoride is found in water and soil. We also add trace amounts to our tap water, toothpaste, and other dental products. However, our dentist also offers special fluoride treatments that are more concentrated and only available to dental professionals. These treatments can be helpful for both children and adults for cavity prevention.
Fluoride Treatments for Children at the Dentist
Fluoride treatments at the dentist can help keep your kids’ teeth strong. One study even showed that children and teens who received fluoride treatments for one year were 43% less likely to have tooth decay!
Cavities are one of the most common childhood health issues. They are five times more common than asthma during childhood. Therefore, it’s important to do everything you can to help your child avoid tooth decay.
We can start applying fluoride varnishes every three to six months once the first tooth appears to help prevent childhood cavities. Many dental insurance plans will even cover these treatments for your children.
Fluoride treatments from our dentist take only a few minutes to apply. We lightly brush the fluoride on the teeth. The varnish then hardens on contact with saliva and stays on the teeth until you brush it away, generally about 4 to 12 hours later. This is a simple and painless treatment that can help keep your kid’s smile healthy.
Adult Fluoride Treatments
However, fluoride treatments aren’t just for kids! Adults with moderate to high risk of cavities may also consider getting fluoride varnishes one to four times a year.
Fluoride treatments are a convenient and simple way to help prevent cavities. They may also help reduce sensitivity if you have sensitive teeth.
These treatments are also quite affordable and can help save you money in the long-run on extensive dental work for tooth decay.
Some reasons you might consider fluoride treatments from a dentist near me include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Dry mouth
- Frequent cavities
- Multiple fillings, crowns, or other restorative work
- Gum disease
Any of these issues can increase your risk for serious tooth decay. Therefore, we may recommend fluoride treatments to help you keep your teeth strong and healthy.
In addition, if you’re an adult using invisalign to help straighten your teeth, we may also suggest fluoride treatments. This is because the trays can make it hard for saliva to get to your teeth. Fluoride can help keep your teeth strong even with slightly less saliva flow while wearing your aligners.
At The ToothBooth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are your one stop for all your dental needs. Whether you need preventative, restorative, or cosmetic treatments for your smile, we are here to help. Dr. Nawar Taha offers state-of-the-art care for people of all ages. Call us today at (832) 437-0841 to book an appointment!