Communities across America have benefited from fluoridated public water for over 70 years. The small amount of fluoride added to many public water sources helps prevent cavities and strengthen teeth for over 200 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, as bottled and purified water has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, many Americans may no longer be drinking adequate amounts of fluoride to benefit their dental health.
At Tarpon Shores Dental, we offer fluoride treatments for Englewood patients of all ages to strengthen enamel and protect teeth from decay. Give your teeth an extra layer of protection by scheduling an appointment with one of our expert dentists today!
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can be applied to teeth to help strengthen enamel and combat tooth decay. Although fluoride can also be found in some foods, certain toothpastes, and public water sources, regular fluoride treatments from a dental professional can ensure that your teeth receive the optimal level to boost your dental health.
Fluoride treatments can be especially beneficial to young children, who may find it more difficult to keep up with good oral hygiene habits at home and thus be more susceptible to cavities. The American Dental Association considers fluoride treatments from a dental professional to be a safe, effective and healthy preventive treatment for both children and adults.
Professional fluoride treatments at Tarpon Shores Dental in Englewood are quick and easy, with the entire procedure typically completed in just a few minutes.
One of our expert dentists will apply fluoride – which can come in the form of a gel, foam or varnish – to your teeth using a swab, brush, or placed in a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes.
After the treatment is applied, we recommend that you do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes. This will allow your teeth to properly absorb the fluoride and help repair any emerging areas of decay.
Depending on the state of your oral health, your dentist in Englewood may recommend fluoride treatments every three, six or twelve months. Receiving regular fluoride treatments along with practicing good oral hygiene habits at home is an excellent way to maintain a strong, healthy smile for many years to come!
Fluoride treatments both prevent cavities and also help repair and strengthen your enamel, the important protective barrier of teeth.
Harmful bacteria in the mouth can enter microscopic weak points in enamel and create cavities. If bacteria penetrate beyond enamel into the inner dentin and pulp layers of teeth, the resulting infection can eventually require a root canal or even extraction.
Fluoride treatments helps repair the protective layer of enamel by replenishing lost calcium and phosphorous. This process of remineralization helps keep teeth hard and impenetrable, stopping small emerging cavities in their tracks and also preventing future tooth decay.
At Tarpon Shores Dental, we believe in providing consistent preventive care such as fluoride treatments to help patients retain their natural teeth for as long as possible.