People of any age can benefit from fluoride treatments in conjunction with their regular dental cleanings.
Fluoride interacts with the calcium and minerals that occur naturally in your saliva, and helps prevent cavities, while hardening and remineralizing small imperfections in the tooth’s surface. At our dental office in Apex, we provide fluoride varnish, which effectively strengthens the structure and integrity of your teeth, while helping to prevent cavities.
Even though fluoride is particularly recommended for children, we encourage our adult guests to use fluoride as a proactive measure against decay and dental disease.
When you or your child comes in for your regular cleaning and check up, we may recommend a topical fluoride application, depending on your dental health history. Conventional fluoride treatment is administered as a gel or foam that is given to you in a u-shaped tray and then soaks for several minutes. While this is generally effective – it does have some limitations: the gel or foam usually washes away quickly in the presence of saliva, lessening the benefits of fluoride.
At Better Dental, we treat our guests with an adhesive fluoride varnish that is designed to last for hours — without the use of dental trays. As the fluoride is absorbed by the surfaces of the teeth, it interacts with saliva, creating an anti-microbial surface on the teeth that repels plaque-causing germs.
Better Dental’s fluoride varnish has several key benefits compared to conventional fluoride treatments:
Fluoride treatments of every type can make teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities. Fluoride is a safe, effective way to fight and prevent cavities for kids and adults.
If any of these sound like you, you may particularly benefit from fluoride treatment:
After learning about your dental health and history, we may recommend fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months at your regular check up appointments at our dental practice in Apex. We may also prescribe at-home fluoride treatments such as mouthwash, gels, or prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste. When choosing your own toothpaste, always look for the ADA badge of approval, which is only given to toothpastes containing fluoride.
On many dental care products, this badge from the American Dental Association lets you know that a product is proven to be safe and effective for your teeth. Unfortunately, there can be a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding dental care and at-home hygiene. This badge of ADA approval is a quick and easy way to know which products are confirmed to be beneficial to your oral health.