Fluoride is a naturally-occurring ion that research has shown to effectively reduce cavities. It can also re-mineralize areas on your teeth that have early signs of tooth decay. Because of its beneficial effects, we recommend fluoride treatments for all patients every six months. Fluoride treatment can also be beneficial in reducing tooth sensitivity in certain situations.
At Page Dental Arts with use a fluoride varnish in lieu of the older foams or gels that had to be held in the mouth for longer periods of time. A fluoride varnish can be placed by a dental assistant or hygienist and is a quick an easy procedure. It is also significantly more effective in preventing cavities than the older foams or gels. The process is very quick and easy and looks like this:
- We apply the high concentration varnish on all the teeth with a small brush
- The excess material can then be removed by suctioning or spitting and the patient can then have a rinse.
- With the particular Fluoride Varnishes that we use, you may eat and drink right away! We just ask that you avoid hot foods or drinks (like coffee or soup) for 4-6 hours.
We also recommend that patients use fluoride-infused toothpaste at home. For those who choose bottled water to drink, it should be noted that water from the majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain fluoride. At home filtration systems that use reverse osmosis also remove the fluoride from drinking water. It is especially important for patients that use those systems or frequently drink bottled water to have regular fluoride treatments at their dental office. In office fluoride treatments are a quick and easy way to help fight against cavities.