Fluoride Treatment for Preventive Dental Care
When you ask most patients what their ultimate dental goals are, their answer is a “healthy smile.” At Hanley Family Dentistry we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve a healthy, bright, white smile. Therefore, we recommend fluoride treatments for all of our patients.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral which has been used for dental treatments since 1956. Fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and dental cavities. Research has shown that fluoride may even be effective at reversing early stages of dental decay.
Professional Fluoride Treatments
Although there are over-the-counter dental products which contain fluoride, professional fluoride treatments are much stronger than the toothpastes and mouthwashes available from the shelf. The fluoride treatment process only takes a couple of minutes; however, after your treatment, you must refrain from drinking, eating or rinsing your mouth. This gives the fluoride ample time to absorb into the teeth, and protect from decay.
Routine Fluoride Treatments
How often you may need fluoride treatment can depend on a lot of factors. Depending upon your oral health, dietary choices and dental care routine, we may recommend quarterly, biannual or annual fluoride treatment appointments. If you are at high risk for dental decay, other preventative treatment methods may also be recommended in tandem with your fluoride treatments.
Fluoride Protects Patients of All Ages
Although fluoride treatments are highly recommended for pediatric dentistry patients, they can be an effective preventative treatment for patients of any age. Most parents end fluoride treatment around the age of 14, typically because dental insurance often stops covering costs around that age.
A patient of any age needs strong, healthy teeth, not just children. As we get older, the risk of decay and gum disease increases, making fluoride treatments a helpful tool for preventing dental decay.
Interested in making sure your teeth are as protected as possible? Contact our Chester, VA dental office today! We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to evaluate your oral health and determine if fluoride treatment would benefit you.