Expert Advice from Dr. Stacy Oberfield
FLUORIDE TREATMENTS IN THE DENTAL OFFICE…
EXTRA PROTECTION FOR YOUR TEETH!
Stacy E. Oberfield, DDS provides comprehensive dental treatment in all areas of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. At her Caldwell office, you will find that Dr. Oberfield focuses not only on the health of your teeth and gums, but also on your total health and wellness. She wants each patient to enjoy the benefits of better health with a great smile. Here, Dr. Oberfield shares insight on the benefits of flouride treatments, and how they help protect your teeth:
Fluoride treatments, including anti-sensitivity and antibacterial properties, are beneficial for adults as well as children. While many dental insurance companies dictate that payment for fluoride is only for children and young adults to the age of 19, treatments for adults applied during their hygiene visits or when the dentist feels it would be helpful can be beneficial in keeping teeth healthy. Of course, good daily oral hygiene and flossing are just as important.
Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish. Typically it is applied with a swab or brush or it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes.
Afterwards, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair the microscopic demineralized areas.
Preventative care can be essential in protecting your teeth. Some factors that may increase a person’s risk of developing cavities include the following: poor hygiene, eating disorders, drug or alcohol abuse, lack of regular professional dental care, active orthodontic treatment, high levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth, exposed root surfaces of the teeth, decreased salivary flow resulting in dry mouth, poor diet, existing restorations, tooth enamel defects or patients undergoing head and neck radiation therapy.
Also, keep in mind that additional preventive measures are available if you are at moderate or high risk of developing cavities. Some of these include prescription therapeutic products such as fluoride mouth rinses, gels or anti-bacterial rinses.