Fluoride treatments are recommended for people who are most at risk of developing tooth decay. During this very short treatment, your dentist will apply highly concentrated fluoride on your teeth in the form of a gel, foam, varnish, or rinse. You’ll need to avoid eating for the next half hour so it can fully absorb.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that comes from fluorine. It’s commonly used in dental care because it builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights harmful bacteria found in the teeth and gums. You can take fluoride either topically (toothpaste, mouth rinses, etc.) or systemically (fluoridated water and dietary fluoride supplements.)
Fluoride treatments offer numerous benefits! Along with getting the optimal amount of fluoride intake, these treatments can also help with the following:
Fluoride recommendations vary for adults based on how at-risk you are for developing cavities. Generally, those with a higher risk should get professional fluoride treatments twice a year. For daily intake, 1.5 to 4 mg is recommended.
Children can get fluoride treatments once their first tooth erupts – it’s excellent for prolonging the life of baby teeth. They can also get professional fluoride treatments about once every three to six months. Depending on the child’s age, daily intake should be between 0.1 to 2.5 mg.
When you want to prevent cavities and tooth decay, a fluoride treatment at Midtown Dental Studio is the solution you need! Give us a call today if you have any questions about fluoride treatments or would like to schedule an appointment.
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