Fluoride is a substance found in water as well as numerous types of foods. Even so, the majority of American children don’t consume enough fluoride for it to benefit their developing teeth. This leaves them at risk of tooth decay quite early in life. Dr. Vanama of Discovery Dental advises parents that children should receive a fluoride treatment at each routine cleaning exam. This can start at any age, even before your baby’s first teeth have erupted. We typically provide fluoride treatments until at least age 16.
Adults May Also Receive Fluoride Treatments
Dr. Vanama may recommend fluoride treatments for adults in certain situations. If she has suggested this to you, it is likely due to one of these reasons:
- Lifelong poor oral hygiene habits
- Exposed tooth roots
- A recently filled dental cavity
- The patient consumes foods with a lot of carbohydrates and sugar
- The teeth have deep fissures or pits that make it challenging for the patient to keep them clean
In less severe cases, you may be able to complete a fluoride treatment at home. Otherwise, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Vanama to complete it in our office as soon as possible.
What to Expect During a Fluoride Treatment
Even when you understand why you or your child needs a fluoride treatment, you may not know exactly what it is. “What is a fluoride treatment?” is a common question that patients ask of Dr. Vanama. This process involves a dentist painting a fluoride substance on the teeth in a dental office. Some of the at-home methods include oral drops, varnish, and foam or using toothpaste or mouthwash that comes with extra fluoride.
Please let Dr. Vanama or her staff know if you have concerns about yours or your child’s oral health at any time. We want to help you avoid cavities and tooth decay just as much as you want to prevent them. Because fluoride makes your teeth stronger, it provides instant protection against these types of dental problems. Feel free to contact us today with additional questions or to schedule an appointment.