Imagine getting your teeth protected from tooth decay and cavities by a quick and painless treatment. Here is where a fluoride treatment at Lowery Smiles can help.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral present in water and many foods. It is a trusted cavity fighter that strengthens the enamel by remineralizing it.
Though a child can get some fluoride from their drinking water, diet, and toothpaste, a professional fluoride treatment at Lowery Smiles can help further strengthen their tooth enamel and make teeth robust and cavity-free.
Benefits of fluoride treatments
An article published by NPR documented that fluoride treatments help replenish lost calcium and phosphate and repair weakened tooth enamel to make the teeth more resistant to future decay.
For children and adults who are at an increased risk of tooth decay, fluoride treatments are beneficial in the following ways:
- Strengthen the enamel by remineralizing it and preventing further mineral loss.
- Protect the teeth from future occurrences of decay.
- Fix the teeth damage and reverse early indications of tooth decay.
- Prevent the development of harmful oral bacteria that could break down tooth enamel.
- Fluoride treatment makes the enamel resistant to acid attacks caused by bacterial plaque.
- The fluoride application is a painless and non-invasive process.
The American Dental Association records that occurrences of tooth decay have been reduced by up to 40% in the United States since fluoride was added to drinking water.
So, the next time you visit your dentist, ask about fluoride treatments for your child. Besides, if you have naturally weak enamel, dry mouth, or poor oral health, discuss with your dentist whether applying fluoride can help you.
Professional Fluoride Application - Process
The fluoride comes in various forms: gel, foam, or varnish. At Lowery Smiles, our dentist applies fluoride with a brush or puts it in a tray placed in the mouth for a few minutes. Once fluoride is applied, we recommend our patients not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes. This enables the teeth to absorb the fluoride and repair the tiny areas of tooth decay.
The dentist might recommend fluoride treatments every 6–12 months, depending on the patient's oral health and enamel strength. For those who are at a higher risk of cavities, other preventive measures like prescription fluoride mouth rinses or an antibacterial mouth rinse will also be suggested.
Lowery Smiles, located in Cary, NC, has expert dentists and the latest amenities for treatment. Call us at (919) 468-5501 and schedule an appointment.