As you get older, your teeth will be exposed to a lot, like sugary and acidic foods or pressure from popcorn kernels, and they will weaken.

Not to mention circumstances that cause unnecessary force like grinding or, knock on wood, an accident. 

You don’t have to cross your fingers and wait to see what happens in the future. You can simply get a fluoride treatment to help your teeth fight back.

What Does Fluoride Do? 

Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel by replenishing calcium and phosphate, also called remineralization. This makes your teeth more resistant to germs and therefore tooth decay. 

You can find it in fluoridated water, foods such as grapes, potatoes, and oatmeal, and most toothpastes.

The fluoride in toothpaste is similar to the fluoride used in a fluoride treatment, except the treatment is highly concentrated and will yield faster results.

How Does Fluoride Treatment Work?

Fluoride treatment is a quick and painless process, especially when you go to a dentist. This is how it will go:

  1. Your dentist will dry off your teeth. 
  2. They’ll apply a rinse, varnish, gel, or foam to your teeth. They’ll use a swab, brush, or mouthwash to apply it.
  3. The treatment will be left on your teeth for about 5 minutes.
  4. You’ll spit out the fluoride when you’re done.
  5. Avoid drinking or eating for 30 minutes after the treatment so the fluoride can work its magic.

You can get an at-home kit through prescription but a dentist has the experience to do it easily and quickly.

Note: If you’re a high risk for cavities, your dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment every six months. But it varies from patient to patient, so speak to your dentist for more information.

Who Should Get Fluoride Treatments?

If you fall into one or more of the following categories, you may benefit from fluoride treatment:

  • High risk for cavities: If you’re more prone to getting cavities and need extra protection from harmful germs.
  • Receding gums: It exposes more of your teeth to germs. This may be a sign of gum disease, so be sure to consult a Periodontist.
  • Braces or other appliances: They can trap bacteria, so it may be worth strengthening your teeth.
  • Dry mouth: Saliva helps wash away germs, so if your mouth is dry your teeth are more vulnerable to tooth decay. This can be caused by some medications, radiation therapy, and other diseases.

Fluoride treatments are safe and non-invasive which should be music to the ears of anxious patients. So, call your dentist and see if this treatment will benefit you! 

Remember, getting one is by no means a replacement for your oral health routine, but rather an add-on to it. So, don’t skip the floss and toothbrush! Looking to strengthen your enamel? Book an appointment now and we’ll be happy to guide you to the best options for your beautiful smile!

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