Fluoride Treatment From Your Dentist in Wilmington
A naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities, fluoride has been a vital part of oral health treatments for many years.
Known for its benefits to all smiles, and particularly those with higher risks of cavity formation, fluoride treatments minimize bacteria growth that can lead to the development of plaque. Left untreated, plaque can create an acid that’s harmful to teeth and gums, eventually infecting and damaging the nerves and blood inside teeth.
What does the application process involve?
Professional fluoride treatments are available in a variety of formats, including a highly concentrated gel, foam, rinse, or polish. Your dentist will apply one of these options to your teeth with a brush, swab, mouthwash, dental tool or tray.
Because these treatments contain a higher concentration of fluoride than toothpaste or fluorinated water, they are best absorbed when left on teeth for a few minutes. To further maximize absorption, your dental professional will likely advise that you avoid drinking or eating for 30 minutes following treatment.
How often should I schedule a fluoride treatment?
Depending on your unique oral health situation, treatments may be recommended every three, six, or 12 months. You may also be advised to incorporate ADA-approved, over-the-counter fluoride products at home to boost enamel protection.
Have questions about fluoride treatments and whether they’re right for you? Call us at Wilmington Family Dental today!
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- Prevent cavities
- Slow the growth of tooth decay
- Minimize your need for complex dental treatments
- Help prevent gum disease
- Boost tooth health for life!