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Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in soil, water, and certain foods. It provides several oral health benefits, such as strengthening teeth to resist decay, reversing early decay, and reducing the likelihood of cavity formation.

Fluoride is essential in maintaining oral health and preventing cavities. You or your child’s risk of developing tooth decay will be evaluated by our Dental Choice dentists, who will recommend an appropriate level of fluoride protection.

Dental Choice provides multiple options for fluoride treatment, giving you or your child the freedom to choose their preferred method and flavor.


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How Does Fluoride Work?

Fluoride works in 2 main ways:

Topical Fluoride – is a mineral that can penetrate the enamel’s outer surface to strengthen the teeth and make them more resistant to decay. It is present in various dental products, including toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Professional fluoride applications are recommended twice a year during dental check-ups to enhance its effectiveness.

Systemic Fluoride – strengthens both erupted and developing teeth. It is present in most foods and community water supplies, and supplements in drop or gel form can be prescribed by dentists or physicians. Infants are recommended to have fluoride drops, while children up to their teen years can use tablets. However, monitoring fluoride intake is crucial, as excessive consumption during tooth development can lead to fluorosis, which causes white spots on the teeth.

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What are the

Reasons You May Need Fluoride Treatment

Although fluoride can be obtained from food and water, sometimes it may not be sufficient to prevent decay. As a result, your dentist or dental hygienist may suggest the use of fluoride treatments at home or in the dental office for the following reasons:

  • Teeth with deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces.
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits or lack of regular dental check-ups.
  • High consumption of sugary and carbohydrate-rich foods.
  • Insufficient exposure to fluoride.
  • Reduced saliva flow due to medical conditions, treatments, or medications.
  • A history of recent dental decay.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fluoride Treatment

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in soil, water, and various foods. It may also be added to municipal water and is found in most toothpaste. In weighing the pros and cons of fluoride for teeth, researchers and dentists have found fluoride provides positive effects on dental health because it makes teeth more resistant to decay. It also can prevent tooth decay or even reverse it.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) supports using fluoride in dentistry as one of the most highly successful preventative health measures in history. More than 50 years of extensive research worldwide has consistently shown the effectiveness and safety of fluoride in preventing tooth decay.

What does fluoride do and how does it work?

Fluoride not only protects your teeth from decay, but also helps to reduce acid-related enamel wear. Certain acidic foods, such as salad dressings, fruit juices and tomatoes, can dissolve the enamel of your teeth daily. You can counteract acid attacks on your teeth by using fluoride products in your everyday oral hygiene routine.

Who requires extra fluoride?

Children’s teeth need fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay. That’s why Dental Choice hygienists often apply topical fluoride to children’s teeth following routine dental cleanings. Various situations may require extra fluoride protection including:

  • Taking prescription medications
  • Having gum recession
  • Getting restorative work
  • Getting orthodontic treatment
  • Having sensitive teeth
  • Getting radiation treatment

Should I get fluoride at my next cleaning?

Many patients can benefit from fluoride treatments. The use of fluoride-containing toothpaste and regular dental visits can provide your teeth with regular protection. If you would like to learn more about fluoride and see if it’s right for you, ask your dentist or hygienist on your next visit.

What are the benefits of fluoride treatment?

Fluoride treatment can help prevent tooth decay, reverse early tooth decay, and make teeth more resistant to decay.

Are there any side effects of fluoride treatment?

In rare cases, some people may experience mild stomach upset or skin irritation from fluoride treatment.

Can I still get cavities even with fluoride treatment?

Yes, fluoride treatment is not a guarantee against cavities, but it can help reduce your risk of developing them.

Is fluoride treatment necessary if I have good oral hygiene?

Yes, even with good oral hygiene, you may still be at risk of tooth decay and could benefit from fluoride treatment.

How is fluoride applied during treatment?

Fluoride can be applied topically to teeth in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish, or systemically through dietary supplements.

Schedule A Consultation to See if a Fluoride Treatment is Right for You!

If you are interested in receiving fluoride treatment or want more information, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists at Dental Choice today!


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