The fluoride treatment is a cornerstone of preventive dentistry. While many are familiar with biannual exams and cleanings, few realize they can also receive fluoride treatment to help protect the teeth from decay and inevitable cavities. At Advanced Dental of Westport, CT in Westport, CT, we offer fluoride treatments to patients of all ages to help promote healthier teeth and stronger smiles.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in the environment that has been demonstrated to have positive effects on the teeth. During this procedure, fluoride is applied to the enamel of the teeth as a foam, gel, liquid, or varnish and allowed to rest for several minutes.
While the fluoride is on the teeth, it promotes the growth of enamel and helps combat the microscopic stages of decay, so cavities cannot form. This keeps the teeth healthier and stronger for longer, with the typical effects lasting 6 to 12 months, the length of time until the next cleaning.
At Advanced Dental of Westport, CT, we are willing to perform a fluoride treatment for anyone who would like one. The intended demographic is children between the ages of 6 and 14, who are at the most risk of developing cavities because of poor oral hygiene habits. However, adults can benefit from the treatment as well, especially if they know they do not brush or floss as often as they should.
There are numerous misconceptions about the nature of fluoride. The amount used in dental treatments, mouthwashes, toothpaste, and tap water is not dangerous and cannot harm an individual. People often worry that their children will be negatively affected by the mineral, but the only condition children are at risk of developing is fluorosis or mineral deposits on the teeth. This condition only occurs in cases of severe exposure when a child has been consuming copious amounts of fluoride regularly.
If you are interested in a fluoride treatment, schedule an appointment for a cleaning and request the treatment as part of the visit. Our dentist will be glad to help.