Fluoride treatment is beneficial for healthy teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that helps regenerate and repair microscopic damage to teeth from acid-producing bacteria. These bacteria live in a film of bacteria called plaque that sticks to teeth. The damage to the tooth structure starts out invisibly, on a microscopic level. Fluoride, along with daily good oral hygiene practices, reduces the instances of dental caries (cavities).
Fluoride treatment can be done at home or in the dentist’s office, although at your dentist at Shiny Smile Dental in Houston, we use a more powerful fluoride solution than solutions and other products available for use at home. Fluoride treatments at a dentist are topical, applied to the surface of the teeth, or systemic, which is swallowed. Topical treatments include mouthwashes and toothpaste with fluoride, as well as the treatments you get at the dentist’s office. In-office applications are either a fluoride gel or varnish that are applied directly to your teeth.
Systemic fluoride treatments include dietary fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Having a topical application of fluoride varnish in addition to systemic fluoride gives the maximum protection from cavities, as well as the highest level of enamel protection available. The in-office procedure at Shiny Smile Dental in Houston takes minutes. Fluoride is applied with a brush or swab or in trays held between the teeth for a few minutes.It’s important not to drink or rinse your mouth for at least 30 minutes after having a fluoride treatment. The fluoride needs time to sink into the microscopic tubules in the enamel. Although fluoride is not part of the naturally occuring minerals of the teeth, it causes the calcium and phosphorus of the teeth to reform the crystalline structure of tooth enamel.
Kids from through age 16 benefit the most from fluoride treatment near you, although it’s good for everyone’s teeth. Our teeth lose minerals and replace them daily, so there’s not an age where we’re past the risk of demineralization. You may need in-office fluoride applications at Shiny Smile Dental in Houston every 3, 6, or 12 months depending on the health of your teeth. Looking for a dentist near Alief, Bellaire, Barker, Katy, Missouri City, Fulshear, Stafford, Sugar Land, or Richmond, TX? Give us a call today!