Cavities are a common dental problem that can lead to long-term health consequences. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent cavities. Fluoride treatments can help to strengthen your teeth so that they are less vulnerable to the bacteria that cause cavities. Read on to learn more about this treatment.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs in nature. Years ago, scientists discovered that this mineral can naturally strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Dentists have been using fluoride treatments for decades as a way to prevent cavities in their patients.
Do You Need a Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments a great option for everyone. They are quick, painless, and safe for patients of all ages (including children with baby teeth). The ADA recommends that all patients get a professional fluoride treatment approximately once every six months, though the number of months can vary.
Fluoride Application Process
If you need a fluoride treatment, your dentist will simply apply a professional-grade fluoride product to your teeth using a gel, cream, or medicated mouthwash. The application process only takes a few minutes and is very straightforward. Afterward, your dentist might ask that you avoid eating or drinking for a half hour so the fluoride can properly work.
Whether you have a few cavities or would like to be proactive in your cavity prevention, Waller Dental is here to help. Call our team at 936-372-2673 to discuss dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, and more.