For several generations, fluoride has been used to protect teeth from decay.
Fluoride naturally occurs in some foods and may be added to municipal water supplies. However, many children and adults are not exposed to high enough levels of fluoride to receive its full benefits. In these situations, professional fluoride treatments can be a practical general dentistry treatment to ward off problems.
Professional Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride can be administered in a few different way. Once method is using dental products that contain fluoride, such as toothpastes, mouth rinses, and gels. These can be purchased over the counter and applied at home by patients as indicated.
Another way to introduce more fluoride is through a professional topical fluoride application. Typically, fluoride can easily be applied during routine dental cleanings for our patients’ convenience. Fluoride applications can be especially helpful for low-fluoride pediatric patients at their six-month dental check-up appointments.
Finally, fluoride supplements in pill form can keep fluoride levels high in between dental visits.
Advantages of Fluoride Treatments in Baton Rouge, LA
Patients who undergo at-home and in-office fluoride treatments can expect to see improvement in their oral health within a few months. Some of the long-term benefits to regular fluoride exposure include:
- Lowered incidence of tooth decay
- Improved tooth enamel strength to protect against future cavities
- Better looking teeth that are easier to clean at home and during professional dental appointments
- Faster future dental cleanings and check-ups because of decreased plaque and tartar build-up
- Less likelihood of tooth loss or cavities in the years following fluoride treatments and applications
For these and other reasons, the American Dental Association urges all individuals to take advantage of fluoride treatments from their dental provider. This is especially important for individuals who do not use community water supplies.
Fluoride Treatments for New and Current Patients
If you are interested in maintaining the health of your smile for many years to come, fluoride treatments could be an excellent solution. Drs. Juban and Cowen encourage anyone in need of fluoride treatments to contact the office and schedule an examination.