Fluoride is a mineral that can greatly benefit your dental health. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, as it helps prevent cavities in patients by strengthening the tooth enamel from acid attacks. It can also reverse early decay. This mineral naturally occurs in many foods and in water.
Where Else Can Fluoride Be Found?
Dental fluoride can be applied to the teeth in a variety of ways. Many toothpastes and mouthwashes have fluoride added to better protect your teeth. You can buy mouthwashes that have lower strengths of fluoride over the counter. However, if you want a mouthwash with a higher concentration, you must get a prescription from our dentist. Dr. Connaughton can also apply fluoride when you visit us for your routine dental appointment. At a dental office, dental fluoride can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish. Fluoride treatments at a dental office have a much higher concentration of fluoride than what is found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. If a varnish is used, it is painted onto the teeth. Foams are applied to the teeth for one to four minutes using a mouth guard. Gels can be either applied with a mouth guard or painted on.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Fluoride?
Both children and adults can benefit from dental fluoride. Fluoride intake is the most crucial between 6 months and 16 years old. During these ages, the primary and permanent teeth grow in and fluoride can strengthen the developing teeth. In adults, fluoride is an important aspect of fighting tooth decay.
Feel free to contact Tree City Family Dental today for more information about fluoride treatment in Boise, Idaho, and to schedule a visit.