Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in many foods and water. It benefits the teeth because it helps to rebuild the tooth’s enamel layer as acids attack it. Strengthening the teeth through remineralization helps to prevent tooth decay. Though it is possible to get fluoride naturally through your diet every day, you can give your teeth an extra boost with a fluoride treatment at Park Ridge, IL. This treatment helps to keep teeth strong and protected against cavities and other oral issues in Park Ridge.
In addition to foods and water (most major cities now fluoridate public water sources), fluoride can be found in toothpaste and mouth rinses. These are both lower strengths of fluoride; for a stronger concentration, your doctor can provide a prescription. It can also be applied at a dentist’s office, such as at The Art of Dentistry, directly to the tooth surface (topically) as a gel, foam, or varnish.
A fluoride treatment takes just a few minutes to complete. Your teeth will first be prepared by being cleaned thoroughly. They will then be dried to receive the application of fluoride. The fluoride can be applied using a cotton swab or brush; it can also come in a rinse or in a tray that is worn on the teeth for several minutes.
Following the treatment, you will be able to use your teeth as normal again, but it is recommended that you avoid rinsing, eating, or drinking for about 30 minutes directly after your appointment to allow the fluoride to fully absorb into the teeth.
Any patient in Park Ridge can request a fluoride varnish treatment during their visit to the dentist, but because it is important for children to receive a sufficient amount of fluoride between the ages of six months and 16 years, it can be especially beneficial for them. It can also be recommended for individuals who have a history of dental issues, such as periodontal disease, a history of cavities, or who have dental work like crowns or bridges.
Contact The Art of Dentistry in Park Ridge if you would like to enjoy the benefits of a fluoride treatment.