Fluoride is a natural mineral found in freshwater, soil, salt and several foods. This mineral is important in dental health as it makes teeth resistant to dental cavities and decay. In addition, it helps reduce enamel wear due to acids found in the mouth due to the foods we eat.
Where decay has already taken place, fluoride re-mineralizes the tooth enamel and reverses the decay. Thus, a fluoride treatment in Welland, ON, is a successful preventive health measure for both children and adults.
When children receive fluoride treatments, they are better protected from decay and develop strong teeth that do not pose dental problems even in adulthood. Adults experience less tooth decay when they receive regular fluoride treatments.
It may be ingested through food and water to become part of your tooth structure as the teeth form or applied topically by a fluoride dentist. However, the fluoride found in toothpaste, water, and foods may not be adequate in strengthening your teeth. That’s where fluoride treatments by a qualified dentist come in.
These treatments ensure that your teeth receive more fortification against cavities, gum disease and other oral health issues.
Although we all require fluoride each day for strong, healthy teeth, there are situations when individuals require extra fluoride protection.
Once you have scheduled an appointment with your dentist for a fluoride treatment, here is what you can expect. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and examined for cavities. The fluoride treatment, which may be in a gel, varnish, a highly concentrated rinse or foam, is applied to the teeth.
A swab, dental tray, brush or mouthwash may be used to apply the fluoride. You may be asked to avoid consuming anything for 30 minutes after the treatment to absorb the fluoride into the teeth fully. The dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements which you can continue taking at home if you require extra fluoride.
Although highly beneficial, exposure to more fluoride than the recommended amount causes dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis. These two conditions occur when you ingest too much fluoride, especially in tap water. Therefore, the fluoride levels in fluoride varnish applied by the dentist are monitored so that such and other conditions do not occur.
Schedule an appointment at Rose City Dental Centre for fluoride treatments that will ensure your teeth remain strong and cavity-free.