Has your dentist offered you a fluoride treatment recently? Are you wondering why you might need a fluoride treatment and what benefits this intervention has to offer?
Fluoride is a mineral that plays an important role in keeping your teeth as strong and healthy as possible. While many patients get fluoride through sources such as tap water (in some areas) and toothpaste, professional fluoride treatments can be an important supplemental source of this mineral.
Fluoride treatments are completed in a matter of minutes and for minimal cost, making this intervention an appealing option to strengthen your smile.
The Benefits of Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatments play an instrumental role in protecting the teeth of patients of all ages. These treatments:
- Promote remineralization of teeth
- Reduce risk of cavities
- Supplement environmental sources of fluoride
Some patients may mistakenly believe that only children need fluoride treatments, but that’s simply incorrect. Adult patients can also develop cavities, and fluoride may be even more important for this population, as our teeth become less efficient at remineralization as we age.
Fluoride Treatments: What to Expect
Professional fluoride treatments can be delivered in various ways. A varnish can be applied directly to the teeth, or a tray containing gel or foam can be inserted into the patient’s mouth and left there for several minutes to give it time to take effect.
Depending on the type of fluoride treatment provided, you may need to abstain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes afterward so that your teeth can absorb the applied fluoride effectively. Your dentist will advise you if this is necessary.
Although dental insurance typically doesn’t cover fluoride treatments, the cost is rather low and the investment in your smile worthwhile.
Fluoride treatments help to keep your smile strong and healthy. If you would like more information about this treatment, call DeSanti Family Dentistry and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members or mention it to your dentist at your next appointment.