Is a Fluoride Treatment at the Dentist Worth It?
Cavities are the worst. That’s why we want to do everything in our power to help you maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile for life. To protect your oral health, Dr. Jones may recommend a fluoride treatment if you have a high risk of developing cavities.
It only takes a few minutes for us to apply the fluoride varnish to your teeth. Since the procedure is fast and simple, it’s easy for us to fit it into your next routine checkup.
Here’s why getting a fluoride treatment at the dentist is definitely worth it.
Safe for Children and Adults
There are many ways to incorporate fluoride in your daily oral hygiene routine. For example, you may use an over-the-counter fluoride rinse or toothpaste to help remineralize your enamel. Most public drinking water supplies are also fluoridated.
That being said, an in-office treatment has a higher concentration of fluoride than anything you’d be able to buy at the grocery store. Under our dentist’s supervision, this level of fluoride is completely safe for us to use on both children and adults.
Reduces Your Risk of Cavities
There’s never a good time to get a toothache. Whether you’re on vacation or in the middle of an important meeting, a toothache can ruin your whole day. But a fluoride treatment can help prevent a toothache from happening in the first place.
Fluoride helps remineralize your enamel. The stronger your enamel, the less vulnerable it is to acid attacks from plaque. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and gums. When the bacteria consumes sugar, it produces an acid that can cause cavities and other oral health problems.
Brushing and flossing are a strong defense against cavities. But a professional fluoride treatment will give you an extra layer of protection if you’re especially prone to tooth decay.
Certain medical conditions may also increase your risk of cavities, such as dry mouth. Under these circumstances, Dr. Jones may recommend a fluoride treatment at our dental office.
Reverses Early Tooth Decay
If you have composite filling or crown., fluoride can help remineralize your teeth. In other words, we’re able to reverse the beginning signs of decay so your smile can return to optimal health. If you have a larger cavity that can’t be reversed, fluoride can help prevent future decay until you’re able to get a
It’s important to remember that a fluoride treatment is not a replacement for practicingevery day. But when combined with healthy oral habits, fluoride can help you remain cavity-free and avoid the stress of a dental emergency.
Request an Appointment With Dr. Jones
Dr. Bruce Jones is an experienced family dentist in Muskegon, MI. He’s also accepting new patients and would be more than happy to determine if you could benefit from a professional fluoride treatment.