Using Fluoride To Protect Your Teeth
We hope that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit the dentist every six months… but are you rinsing with fluoride? Fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay, is a key factor in keeping your teeth healthy and strong? Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.
Systemic And Topical Fluoride:
- Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- Fluoride can also be applied topically to help prevent cavities and decay on teeth that are already present in the mouth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications.
Receiving A Fluoride Treatment From Your Lake Villa Dentist
A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes but the effects last for months and months. After the fluoride treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your Lake Villa dentists’ recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment quarterly, or as little as once a year. Your doctor may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse for additional protection.
How To Choose The Right Fluoride Treatment
When choosing your own at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth and smile bright with dental fluoride treatments at your Lake Villa dentist office! Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment for a fluoride treatment!