Fluoride Safely Strengthens Your Teeth
Your family deserves the highest-quality dentistry available, including preventive treatments that protect their teeth. That’s why you shouldn’t miss out on fluoride treatments at Dixon Family Dental to strengthen your family’s smiles and prevent cavities. Our Southfield, MI, dentist Dr. Darlene Dixon takes advantage of the natural benefits of topical fluoride, often finalizing your routine six-month dental checkup with a fluoride treatment.
Discover how fluoride treatments can help our patients maintain and protect their stunning smiles with Dr. Dixon’s guide.
What Are Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments at Dixon Family Dental involve the application of a topical fluoride gel or foam to the teeth. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel, the outer part of the teeth. This strengthening process is called remineralization, and it protects the enamel from acid in bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Fluoride can also reduce the acid the bacteria in your mouth create, further helping prevent tooth decay. Fluoride may also reverse the early stages of tooth decay and repair the damage before it becomes a cavity.
Dr. Dixon recommends professional fluoride every six months or as advised. We emphasize these treatments for children who may be more susceptible to cavities.
The Benefits of Fluoride Treatments at Dixon Family Dental
Dr. Dixon uses fluoride at our Southfield dental office for the following benefits:
- Prevents tooth decay
- Strengthens the enamel of the teeth
- Reduces tooth sensitivity
- Enhances remineralization of the teeth
- Eliminates the need for expensive, invasive dental procedures
What To Expect During Your Fluoride Treatment
During your fluoride treatment at Dixon Family Dental, Dr. Dixon will apply fluoride gel or foam to your teeth using a brush, swab, or tray. This topical will sit on your teeth for a few minutes and won’t cause pain or discomfort. We often use this treatment to finalize routine teeth cleaning and checkups.
After the treatment, you’ll be advised not to eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to absorb into the enamel. You can eat and drink whatever you like once the waiting period is over, knowing we’ve taken the best step to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria.
At-Home Fluoride Options
Along with your professional fluoride, you can use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash at home to strengthen your teeth. However, use fluoride products only as directed, and avoid swallowing these products as fluoride can be harmful in excess.
Frequently Asked Questions
The frequency of fluoride therapy depends on your individual needs. Many people, especially children, can receive them every six months. However, your dentist will advise you on how often you should get fluoride treatments based on your risk of developing dental caries.
No, fluoride treatments are painless. The fluoride is brushed onto your teeth, causing no discomfort. Some people experience a slight tingling sensation. This sensation is common and will stop within 30 minutes of your treatment.
Fluoride treatments are recommended for people of all ages, but children still developing their teeth and oral hygiene habits can benefit the most from the treatment. However, adults can benefit just as much from this quick, painless procedure. Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments to see if you’re a good candidate.
Professional fluoride takes just minutes to complete, with a 30-minute waiting period before eating and drinking to allow the fluoride to penetrate your enamel. Dentists often include fluoride treatments during routine oral health checkups every six months.
Protect & Strengthen Your Smile
Fluoride treatments at Dixon Family Dental are a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy teeth and gums. These fluoride treatments can help prevent cavities or stop existing cavities from growing. This preventive step can save you and your family time, money, and discomfort. Schedule your appointment today by calling (248) 552-0223 or filling out our online contact form to experience the benefits of fluoride treatments at Dixon Family Dental.