What are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to help strengthen enamel and protect teeth from decay. You will find many dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste and mouthwash, helping increase the fluoride in your body to protect your teeth from decay. Fluoride treatments are an additional application of fluoride that we offer at The Smile Lounge for those who need extra protection against tooth decay and cavities.
Why Might You Need Fluoride Treatments?
Some people are more susceptible to tooth decay than others. Children, for example, are more likely to have frequent cavities that can damage their teeth. Some adults may have conditions that make them more susceptible to tooth decay. Anyone who has frequent cavities may benefit from fluoride treatments to help reduce tooth decay.
What Makes Someone a Candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Children and those who have difficulty keeping their teeth clean may be more likely to have cavities form. Our dental team will often recommend fluoride treatments for children and others with a high risk for cavities as a preventive tool against tooth decay. However, anyone who has trouble with tooth decay or wants to strengthen their teeth can undergo fluoride treatments as part of their preventive dental care.
What Can You Expect During Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments are usually performed after a dental cleaning. Once one of our dental hygienists thoroughly cleans your teeth, a liquid fluoride treatment can be completed. You can sit back and relax while the liquid fluoride is applied to your teeth. It is important to allow the fluoride to penetrate the teeth, so we will advise patients to avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
Fluoride treatments can help protect teeth from decay, reducing tooth damage and dental fillings in the future. Ask about whether fluoride treatments are right for you during your next dental exam and cleaning at The Smile Lounge in Grand Prairie. Contact our dental practice today to schedule an appointment.