Why are fluoride treatments necessary?

Fluoride varnish is a step we take to help protect teeth from decay, and is a naturally occurring mineral in our water. Fluoride treatment consists of a concentrated form of fluoride that is painted on the tooth’s surface. Typically this is done after your dental cleaning. Fluoride helps to keep teeth strong and prevents cavities.

Fluoride when applied to our teeth helps to ward off harmful bacteria. The fluoride does this by making teeth more resistant to acid from sugars and plaque. Treatment is recommended every 6 months, and this depends on the patient’s oral health. This treatment is beneficial to those prone to cavities, or patients at risk for tooth decay.

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How is fluoride applied?

Fluoride is painted on each tooth and only takes a few minutes. The fluoride is flavored and has a great taste. We ask patients to refrain from eating or drinking at least 30 minutes after treatment. This helps to allow the fluoride tine to absorb into your teeth.

Fluoride benefits both children and adults and helps to not only prevent cavities, but creates a stronger outer surface on our teeth. It is important for children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old to have fluoride treatments. This is the time when primary teeth and permanent teeth are erupting. Fluoride treatment is inexpensive, and most insurance do provide coverage for treatment at least once a year.

Other benefits of Fluoride treatment:

  • Slows the growth of cavities
  • Prolongs the life of baby teeth
  • Reduce the risk of cavities
  • Is contained in toothpaste to help fight tooth decay

We want our patients to maintain good oral health and are here to help you with any questions you may have. If you are interested in finding out more about fluoride treatment for your family, contact Bemis Family Dental to schedule your appointment.