Why Is Fluoride Important?
Fluoride's importance to improving oral health has been acknowledged by the ADA (American Dental Association), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and many other professional medical organizations. Communities that add fluoride to their water supply have fewer problems with tooth decay among their citizens. A mineral naturally occurring in some types of foods, fluoride helps to strengthen and remineralize tooth structure. Professional fluoride treatments at Gibson Dental Care in Lancaster, PA can help children with growing teeth and teens and adults who are more prone to decay reduce their risk and protect their smiles. Learn more about professional fluoride treatments and how they might benefit your family's oral health by talking with our knowledgeable team.
Fluoride Treatment Ideal Candidates
Fluoride treatments may be administered to all patients, although this preventive service is typically recommended for children whose teeth are developing and teens who have not developed a good oral care routine at home. Our experienced team may also suggest professional fluoride treatments for older patients who do not have fluoride in their drinking water or those with a history of or increased susceptibility to tooth decay. In some cases, we may recommend fluoride to help remineralize early signs of tooth decay in an effort to prevent the need for restorative care. Gibson Dental Care uses a range of fluoride formulas to address varying needs and offers fun flavors to make these treatments easier for all patients.
The Fluoride Treatment Process
Professional fluoride treatments are usually performed every six months at the end of a dental cleaning visit. Our team will help you determine the fluoride option best for you and your family. As soon as a flavor is selected, a team member will begin to prepare the fluoride treatment as a gel, foam, or varnish application. Fluoride varnishes are painted onto the teeth while other options may be swished or applied through mouth trays to allow the fluoride time to penetrate the enamel. The fluoride can then be spit or suctioned out. Instructions on when you or your family member can eat, drink, or rinse will be provided, but this is generally only a period of about 30 minutes.
Fluoride Treatment After the Application
Stomach problems can occur if any fluoride is consumed; however, this should diminish over the course of 24 hours. In certain cases, our team may recommend fluoride supplements for you or your child to take at home. Since fluoride is toxic in large amounts, it is important to exercise caution and keep supplements out of reach of children. While fluoride treatments help to strengthen the enamel or remineralize very early signs of tooth decay, it is still essential to keep a regular oral care routine at home, including brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing each day. Our skilled practitioners will continue to assess your family's fluoride needs during routine cleaning and exam visits at our family dental practice.
Protect Your Family's Smiles
Help make sure your family enjoys strong teeth and healthy smiles with professional fluoride treatments at Gibson Dental Care. We are pleased to offer professional fluoride treatments for patients of all ages to minimize the risk of cavities and halt the progression of early areas of decay. Contact our team in Lancaster, PA to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning with a fluoride treatment.