Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help you prevent tooth decay. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, provides hassle-free fluoride treatments. For younger patients, fluoride treatments are a great way to limit the risk of cavities. To find out more about this proven tool that helps keep your teeth strong and healthy, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A fluoride treatment is a dental procedure used to help bolster the health of your teeth and fortify your enamel to prevent cavities. Dr. Watts or Dr. Robirds may recommend having fluoride treatments at your regularly scheduled check-ups.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been used in preventive oral health for decades. It’s a tried and true method that builds strong, healthy teeth. It’s an especially helpful tool if Dr. Watts or Dr. Robirds determines you’re at a higher risk for cavities or other dental problems.
During a fluoride treatment, a Pediatric Dental Professionals team members prepares a tray lined with highly concentrated fluoride rinse or gel. The high concentration is far greater than what’s in the toothpaste you use.
Once the tray is ready, you bite into the tray for a few minutes. After you’re done, you likely need to avoid eating or drinking for about 30 minutes in order for the fluoride treatment to have an optimal effect.
The team at Pediatric Dental Professionals recommends how often you should be getting fluoride treatments based on the state of your oral health.
Fluoride treatments can’t remove decay from your teeth, but they can help significantly limit your risk of decay in the future. The active ingredient fluoride restores minerals to the surface of your teeth. This helps reverse the effects of plaque eroding your tooth enamel. Fluoride can also restrict the growth of harmful bacteria and prevent cavities.
For children, fluoride treatments are particularly important. Cavities are much more common in children. However, by starting your child off with fluoride treatments at a young age, you can dramatically lessen their chances of developing cavities during adolescence.
Children who have regular fluoride treatments while their teeth are developing tend to have shallower grooves in their teeth, so plaque can be removed more easily.
Yes, when performed by the experts at Pediatric Dental Professionals, fluoride treatment is perfectly safe. A fluoride treatment is as simple and easy as it sounds. Generally, fluoride treatments are part of your regularly scheduled routine visits.
Call the office or make an appointment online today.