Fluoride Dental Treatment
Prevention of Tooth Decay
Strengthen tooth enamel with Fluoride
Generally done as preventive dentistry, fluoride treatment is used to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is already present and a normal individual will have have some fluoride intake from food, water, and supplements. Dietary fluoride can be found in tea, fish eaten with their bones and some infant formulas.
What fluroide does is it restores minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. Fluoride aims to prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stops decay from getting worse. Fluoride is a natural minerals supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums.
When you visit your dentist for a routine checkup, aside from having professional teeth cleaning, your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatment especially if you are at high risk for cavities.
During a professional fluoride treatment, your dentist may apply fluoride using a highly concentrated gel, varnish or rinse. The treatment is normally applied with a swab, brush, tray, or mouthwash. They only just a few minutes to apply. And you will be asked to avoid eating or drinking any liquids for 30 minutes directly after the treatment. This is so that the fluoride can fully absorb into your teeth.
General care instructions after having fluoride treatment include:
Too much fluoride can cause negative complications. Although very rare today, side effects of overdosing on fluoride may include :
For this reason, many children’s toothpastes therefore do not include fluoride. Always keep fluoride supplements out of reach of children and consult your dentist about the right amount of fluoride in-take for your and your family.
Fluorosis is caused by ingestion of excessive fluoride during enamel formation. This means too much fluoride was consumed before the age of 8 while permanent teeth are still forming leading to hypomineralization of tooth enamel. Therefore, do ensure that children spit out fluoride toothpaste and not swallow the toothpaste.
You are able to check on the recommended fluoride in-take with your dentist.
Fluorosis concerns can be covered with various cosmetic dental treatments that include
The recommended treatment option for fluorisis will be based on the severity of the condition, your expected end result and budget. Tooth whitening for example may be suited for some mild cases, but teeth bleaching may temporarily make white spots more obvious or worsen the appearance of fluorosis for others. You are advised to seek a cosmetic dental expert relative to self-diagnoses.