A mineral that saves your teeth.
Fluoride is a mineral that is used to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. It is added to water, food, and toothpaste to help keep teeth strong and healthy. Those who don’t get enough fluoride to their teeth will need a fluoride treatment given to them at their dental office.
A fluoride treatment is where the dentist applies a paint, foam, or varnish of fluoride to the teeth. Another method they do at the dentist is putting a gel or foam in a mouth guard and having the patient wear it for a few minutes. After the treatment is completed, patients are then asked to not eat or drink anything for at least 30-minutes.
Aside from the paint and mouth guard methods, patients can also take home the fluoride treatment. A take-home fluoride treatment is used one time per day by putting a small dose of fluoride gel into each fluoride tray (top and bottom) and wearing it for five minutes. Then, they are to take the trays out, spit excess fluoride into the sink, and not eat or drink for 30-minutes. If a large sum of fluoride is swallowed, drink a glass of milk to bind the fluoride and prevent side effects.
At Dental Innovations in Mesa, patients can choose to have the take-home fluoride treatment if their teeth are in serious condition. Schedule an appointment today to see if your teeth are in need of a fluoride treatment.