Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in all water sources, including the oceans. Municipal water systems replace the fluoride in the water removed during treatment. Fluoride is proven to strengthen the tooth’s enamel and to repair teeth in the early stages of decay.
The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at R. Boyd Gilleland DDS, located near in you Port Charlotte, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the importance and the benefits of fluoride treatments.
Everyone knows, or should know, that brushing twice every day, and flossing at least once, are effective habits. Another known habit is incorporation of fluoride in oral healthcare. Fluoride treatments come in two forms, topical and systemic.
Topical treatments apply the fluoride directly on the tooth’s enamel by toothpastes, rinses and professional treatments at the dentist’s office. The dentist may use fluoride in the form of a gel, foam or varnish, all of which are of a higher concentration than store products.
The fluoride may be applied with a cotton swab or in a tray placed over the teeth. A fluoride treatment takes only a few minutes.
After a fluoride treatment, the patient will be instructed not to rinse, eat or drink for 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to be absorbed by the teeth. A helpful hint after brushing is not to rinse the fluoride toothpaste from the mouth, just spit it out.
Systemic fluorides are swallowed, like fluoridated water or dietary supplements.
One will receive maximum protection against tooth decay when fluoride is used topically and taken systemically.
Depending upon your oral health, fluoride treatments may be recommended from 1-3 times every year. For patients at a high risk of decay, the dentist may prescribe other preventative treatments like prescription therapeutic products like fluoride or anti-bacterial rinses and gels.
If you would like a consultation for additional information on fluoride treatments for you and members of your family, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at R. Boyd Gilleland DDS, located in Port Charlotte, where new patients are always welcome.
R. Boyd Gilleland DDS is trusted and highly recommended for fluoride treatments, as well as other treatments and procedures in preventative dental care.