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What is Fluoride?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
What is Fluoride?Throughout the decades, fluoride treatment has been a significant component of oral health care. A simple and painless method of preventing and, in some cases, reversing early tooth decay, fluoride is an excellent choice for both children and adults. Demineralization and remineralization of our teeth occur continuously, and if these processes are not balanced, the demineralization can result in increased cavities. Fluoride treatments encourage the remineralization of enamel, thereby reducing cavities and improving enamel health.

Fluoride Treatment

The fluoride used in a dentist's office is significantly stronger than the fluoride found in toothpaste or mouthwash sold in stores. Normally, your dentist will apply fluoride using a cotton swab or brush, or it will be used as a rinse and held in the mouth for several minutes. It may be recommended that you receive fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months, depending on your oral health status and the dental plan developed between you and your dentist. It reduces your chances of developing cavities, and if decay is detected early enough, a fluoride treatment may be sufficient. Do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after the treatment to allow the fluoride to be absorbed by the teeth.

Fluoride Helps More Than Just Cavities

The fluoride treatments are also used to treat tooth sensitivity in order to strengthen the tooth enamel and decrease sensitivity to hot and cold drinks, sweet foods, or brushing and flossing. Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity. If this is something that affects you, please speak to your dentist or hygienist about toothpaste that are specially designed for sensitive teeth as well as fluoride treatment. The fluoride treatment can be applied at any dental appointment. Ask your dentist which fluoride treatment plan is best for you!

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