Fluoride can be found in a number of foods that we eat, as well as the water that is readily available from our faucets. However, many of us do not receive sufficient amounts of fluoride in our diets, which can lead to tooth decay and a variety of other dental health issues. Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS offers in office fluoride treatments, whereby you can insure that your teeth are receiving all of the benefits that fluoride brings to your overall oral health. If you are unaware of the benefits of fluoride treatments or would simply like to learn more about how in office fluoride treatments, then please take a moment to read through the questions and answers below.
What is fluoride and why is it so crucial to dental health?
Fluoride is actually a naturally occurring mineral that can help to shield your teeth against sugars, bacteria and acid that can potentially
damage your enamel. Essentially, fluoride helps to replenish the mineral deposits that protect your teeth from harmful substances, along with other important nutrients, such as calcium and phosphate. The reason that fluoride is so crucial for your dental health is that it helps to repair the layer of enamel on your teeth which can prevent a myriad of dental problems.
What’s involved in an in office fluoride treatment?
Though you may believe that you are getting an adequate amount of fluoride through your diet, it is still wise to have a fluoride treatment performed regularly by your dentist. These in office fluoride treatments are more effective than at home treatments, such as over the counter pastes or rinses, and contain a much higher level of the vital mineral. The process is quite simple at only takes a few minutes to complete. The dentist will apply a varnish onto your teeth, then will place the fluoride foam into a mouth guard. This mouth guard will be applied to your teeth, and will set for about 4 minutes. There is absolutely no pain involved and the fluoride application process is perfectly safe and non toxic.
Can I benefit from a fluoride treatment?
Regardless of your age, virtually anyone can benefit from a fluoride treatment. It is a common misconception that only children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years of age will benefit from fluoride applications, as adults will achieve better oral health and even strengthened teeth. Also, if you suffer from dry mouth, frequent cavities, or gum disease, then fluoride treatments have the potential to minimize instances of tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments should be performed regularly, in order to guard your teeth against the harmful bacterias thatcan potentially lead to tooth decay. Please call (310) 549-2400 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS. She and her knowledgeable, friendly staff have provided a number of fluoride treatments to patients who were concerned about the future health of their smile, and can help you to achieve a more brilliant, white smile as well.