Tooth decay is one of the most common dental conditions, posing a huge threat to the health of your smile. While decay can be prevented through good oral hygiene and routine dental visits, nearly every adult in America has experienced a cavity at one point in time. At Allen Dental Center, we can help protect your smile from tooth decay with fluoride treatments in Allen, TX.
What are fluoride treatments?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that has been proven to strengthen the enamel of the teeth. In fact, many have dubbed it, “nature’s cavity fighter.” Fluoride works by remineralizing weak or compromised areas of the teeth to prevent a cavity from developing. It has even been proven effective at reversing early signs of decay which can potentially prevent the need for a filling.
Do I need fluoride treatments?
Both children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatments. Research has shown that it can prevent up to a third of cavities from forming. Sources of fluoride can include the water you drink and toothpaste as well as a special varnish that we apply in the office during a routine preventive care appointment.
How are fluoride treatments applied?
After your routine examination and professional cleaning, the fluoride varnish can be applied to the teeth and is absorbed in a matter of minutes. We recommend not eating or drinking anything for about thirty minutes after applying the fluoride.
The benefits of fluoride treatment
Your tooth enamel is constantly being threatened by acids in the foods and beverages you consume as well as acid produced by plaque. As the acids erode the enamel, tiny holes called cavities will begin to form and require treatment in the form of fillings. Fluoride treatments help remineralize the tooth which strengthens the enamel making it more resistant to decay.
Ask us about fluoride treatments today!
Next time you’re in our office for an exam and cleaning, ask us about fluoride treatments. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and can apply the treatment right there during your visit. To book an appointment at Allen Dental Studio, please call us at (469) 293-2007.