Fluoride Decay Prevention
The enamel in your teeth serves as the primary defense against tooth decay and cavities, and it produces a solid, protective shell that shields your teeth’s surface against bacteria. However, bacteria can destroy the enamel unless you take good care of your teeth. You may also require fluoride treatments to fortify your teeth’s enamel and even reverse tooth decay.
The fluoride treatments we provide are better than the toothpaste or mouthwash you buy over the counter, and they are effective for children and adults.
- There are two types of fluoride you can choose from: acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF) has acidic properties while neutral sodium fluoride does not. Neutral sodium fluoride is likely the one to be used if you have xerostomia (dry mouth), have bridges, crowns or tooth colored fillings. Acidic fluoride is not typically used on dry mouths because it can lead to irritation and also cause pits in tooth-colored fillings to appear especially if they are made of plastic composite.
- Fluoride is applied as varnish, foam or gel, and your teeth are dried so the fluoride doesn’t end up getting diluted.
- Fluoride foam or gel is applied via a tray that resembles a mouth guard and is left there anywhere from 1 to 4 minutes. Fluoride varnish on the other hand, is applied directly on your teeth by painting on the areas that are most vulnerable to cavity. Applying the varnish, just like the foam and gel, is going to fortify your teeth. One notable advantage of varnish over foam and gel is it comes with a strong fluoride concentration and provides additional protection.
Fluoride supplements may also be provided for children who are at risk of developing dental decay, but the amount given is usually in small doses ranging from 0.25 to 1 milligram. The amount to be given depends on the child’s age as well as the condition of his or her teeth. Proper fluoride treatment will go a long way towards preventing tooth decay and ensure kids grow up with strong, healthy teeth.
The Lifetime Dental Rancho in Cucamonga, CA offers a wide range of fluoride decay prevention treatments at very competitive rates. If you’re interested, you may contact Dr. Afzali or our staff at (909) 483-0812 and schedule an appointment.