Most often fluoride and its use in dental treatments are associated with children and the strengthening of their young, vulnerable teeth. Although fluoride is important for young children, it is beneficial for adolescents and adults of all ages as well. In fact, new research indicates that fluoride’s role in fighting tooth decay as we age is just as important as its role in the strengthening and protection of newly developing teeth. That’s why at Fresh Dental, as a part of our commitment to preserving your smile, Park road dentist Drs. Thayer Bouali, Joti Johal, and Richard Dunning encourage patients to receive a fluoride treatment as part of their routine oral healthcare.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in both food and water. It aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities by making teeth resistant to the acids created by plaque and sugars. Fluoride is deposited on tooth enamel when you eat foods and beverages that contain it; it is lost when the acids produced by plaque and sugars eat away at the enamel of a tooth. Tooth decay occurs when the amount of fluoride lost outweighs what is being deposited.
A fluoride treatment involves applying fluoride topically to teeth. The in-office fluoride treatment is simple, painless, and fast, and it involves applying fluoride in the form of varnish, gel, or foam directly onto the teeth. This can be accomplished by wearing a mouth guard filled with the foam or gel or by having varnish painted directly onto your teeth.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who needs a fluoride treatment?
A: Drs. Bouali, Johal, and Dunning may suggest that a dental fluoride treatment is included as part of your regular dental plan if you are at moderate to high risk for cavities. Similarly, if you have a history of restorative work, gum disease, sensitive teeth, or a variety of other conditions, you may be more susceptible to tooth decay, and regular fluoride treatments can play an essential role in maintaining a healthy, white smile.
Q: Can you have a fluoride deficiency? Can you have a fluoride overdose?
A: If you do not get enough fluoride, you may suffer from the fluoride deficiency, which may lead to increased cavities and weak bones. Though extremely rare, fluoride overdose can occur if you take more than the recommended amount. Symptoms of overdose include abdominal pain, headaches, and weakness. Call poison control immediately if you think you have overdosed.
Q: Are at-home fluoride treatments effective?
A: Fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses can be used as at-home fluoride treatments. However, the fluoride concentration in these applications is much weaker and less effective than that found in in-office treatments.
As your Park road dental experts, the staff at Fresh Dental is happy to answer any additional questions you might have about fluoride treatments.
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Going to the dentist is never enjoyable but the staff at Fresh Dental made my visit as enjoyable as it could have been! The office was super clean and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable! I called with an emergency and they were able to get me in first thing the following morning. They talked me through the whole procedure and always stopped to make sure I was okay! I would definitely recommend this office and the professionals there!
I absolutely hated the dentist And I would only go if it was extremely necessary. But about a year or 2 ago I want to dental works and I met a doctor Bouali there and at the time I had to have several teeth removed he was able to do the procedure and everything was to done with in an hour I felt no pai n no discomfort this has been the best doctor dentists I have ever gone to. I highly recommend this office Dr.Bouali is the absolute best dentist ive ever see and the staff at each office are A1 service. my entire family is a part of Freah Dental
Dental Services Offered at Park Rd NC FRESHDental
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Digital X-rays
- Emergency Dental Services
- Family Dentist
- Fixed and Removeable Bridges
- Fluoride Treatment
- General Dentistry
- Gum Disease Treatment
- Hygiene Services
- Inlays and Onlays
- Oral Cancer Screenings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Professional Teeth Cleanings
- Root Canals
- Smile Design Treatment
- Teeth Whitening
- Tooth Decay Prevention
- Tooth Extractions
- Tooth Fillings
- Wisdom Teeth Removal