Should I Get a Fluoride Treatment at the Dentist?
Many parents are often confused as to how much or what method of fluoride they or their children should use. Fluoride can be found and administered through several different forms. It is in most bodies of water. Our team at Hudson Family Dental is eager to educate families on exactly how they should care for their smiles. Continue reading on to learn more about fluoride treatments at our dental office and see if you are in need of one.
Why is fluoride important for your teeth?
Although you cannot see or feel it, your teeth are constantly changing and going through different processes. These processes are known as demineralization and mineralization and involves the minerals surrounding your teeth. Plaque that is formed can remove the minerals that your teeth need to be healthy and strong. Different minerals, including fluoride, help to give your teeth back the strength they need. Fluoride also helps to prevent acids from damaging your teeth which often leads to decay. Children are often administered fluoride treatments in order to ensure their adult teeth grow in healthy.
What fluoride treatments are available?
As previously mentioned, there are several different methods of fluoride treatments, including the following:
- Toothpastes and rinses. You can find over the counter and prescription products that provide an effective amount of fluoride. Talk to your dentist to see which brands and products are best for your smile.
- In Office Treatments. Our team supplies professional fluoride treatments for patients looking for added protection and strength. These can come in the form of a varnish, foam, or gel.
- Supplements. As fluoride is a mineral, it can be prescribed in a supplement form as well.
- Tap Water. Most city water supplies contain fluoride.
How do I know if I am getting enough fluoride?
If you are looking to see if you are intaking enough fluoride, then contact our dentist today to set up an appointment with a member of our staff. They will consult with you and see which method of fluoride treatment is perfect for your situation.