Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is one of the most effective agents widely available to prevent tooth decay. Beyond Dentistry Clearwater offers many anti-cavity general dentistry services, including fluoride treatment. Fluoride strengthens your enamel by kickstarting a process called “remineralization,” which works by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, helping to restore the hardness of your enamel, and increasing your smile’s resistance to acids.
What is fluoride treatment
Our near Palm Harbor dentists offer topical fluoride treatments as a minimally invasive way to strengthen teeth. When our dental team applies topical fluoride to erupted teeth, it seeps into the outer surface of the enamel and makes the teeth more resistant to tooth decay.
When is fluoride treatment for adults recommended?
Even though most people consume fluoride in their food and water, it’s sometimes not enough to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are simple, non-invasive, and excellent at keeping dental decay from occurring, and your dental team member might suggest tooth fluoride treatment for the subsequent reasons:
- History of cavities
- Signs of deep pits and fissures on chewing surfaces
- Exposed, sensitive tooth root surfaces
- Inadequate fluoride exposure
- Dry mouth and inadequate saliva flow
- Poor to fair oral hygiene
- A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates
Our Fluoride Tooth Treatment Process: What to Expect
Typically, fluoride treatment at the dentist is a service offered after basic dental cleanings. After your dental cleaning, one of our Beyond Dentistry Clearwater team members will brush on a varnish or gel rich in fluoride to the surface of your teeth. Then, rinse it away after a few minutes.
Have questions about fluoride treatment in Clearwater, FL?
Check out these frequently asked questions about fluoride treatment in Palm Harbor, FL, Clearwater, or surrounding communities, or call us at (727) 304-3156 to speak with our team.
It’s important to understand that fluoride alone does not prevent tooth decay. Alongside fluoride treatment, we insist that our patients brush at least twice a day for two minutes, floss daily, enjoy balanced meals, stay away from sugary snacks, and visit the dentist for regular dental checkups at our near Palm Harbor dental office. While this might seem like a lot of work or overwhelming to some, incorporating these simple practices can prevent pesky cavities from forming.
Generally, people receive fluoride in two ways: systemically and topically. For starters, fluoride is naturally found in our food and most community water supplies. Because we digest water and food with this essential, we acquire some fluoride systemically.
On the other hand, we obtain topical fluoride by using fluoride-containing dental products (such as fluoride treatment varnishes, gels, toothpaste, and mouth rinses).
The cost of fluoride treatment is usually between $20 and $50. This preventive treatment is cheaper than fillings, crowns, and other cavity treatments, so some might argue that prevention is more affordable than treating a tooth decay problem.
To start things off, we’ll perform a complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gumline. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To finish the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Any Necessary X-Rays
If you’re new to the office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your Clearwater dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let us see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With x-rays, we’re able to make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective and efficient treatment plans.
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral well-being, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered with your exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup.