Fluoride is a mineral that has an important role in oral health because it helps to strengthen tooth enamel. This is the hard outer layer of the teeth that protects it from damage and decay, so it is beneficial to get a sufficient amount of fluoride. At the dental offices of Olivia M. Rodrigues DDS in North Highlands, CA, we offer fluoride treatments as one of our services in preventive dentistry .
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can be found in many foods and drinks, such as grapes, potatoes, shellfish, tea, and coffee. It can also be found in most public sources of water now, as many large cities fluoridate their water supplies. At your dentist office in North Highlands, CA, it is available topically to be applied directly on the teeth.
Because fluoride is helpful in protecting teeth against cavities, fluoride treatments are most often recommended for children, but patients of all ages can benefit from this procedure.
A fluoride treatment is a quick and affordable procedure. It takes just a few minutes and is usually applied following your routine cleaning. The fluoride comes in a concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish and is applied with a swab or brush. It can also be administered through a tray that is worn on the teeth or by rinsing the mouth with a mouthwash. You’ll be advised not to eat or drink for about half an hour following your treatment, or rinse the mouth.
When fluoride is absorbed into the teeth, it restores minerals to the surface and can inhibit the growth of bacteria. It doesn’t remove decay, but it does help to strengthen the enamel and prevent decay from worsening.
Fluoride can have side effects if too much is consumed, though this is very rare. An excess of fluoride can cause white specks on mature teeth, staining on teeth, and issues with the bones. However, Dr. Rodrigues will ensure that you receive the proper amount for your fluoride treatment in North Highlands, CA.