Fluoride Protect

Fluoride Treatments Protect Your Teeth

Do Fluoride Treatments Protect Your Teeth?

In-office whitening treatments offer additional protection against dental decay and the acid-producing bacteria. The bacteria collects around the gingiva and teeth in a sticky transparent bio-film called plaque. For additional oral care, fluoride treatments protect your teeth.

It is crucial to follow a regular practice of brushing and flossing to make your teeth less vulnerable to cavities. In the end, regular dental exams and cleanings will keep teeth healthy and decay-free. In-office fluoride treatments protect your teeth even better.


What Is Fluoride? How Is Flouride Accessed?

Frequently called nature’s cavity fighter, fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral. It prevents cavities by making the dental enamel resistant to the acid attacks that lead to tooth decay. As a result, fluoride provides a topical benefit when you brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. It remineralizes weakened tooth enamel, reversing the early signs of decay. When you use fluoride in a mouthwash or toothpaste, it continues to provide its decay-resistant properties as it becomes saliva.


How Is Fluoride Obtained?

For its use in oral health care, fluoride is obtained in 2 forms, topical or systemic. Topical fluoride is applied on to the tooth enamel. Examples of topical fluorides include fluoride-based toothpastes, mouth rinses, and in-office fluoride treatments.

A systemic fluoride is a supplemental fluoride that can be swallowed. Therefore, a fluoridated water supply is an example of a systemic fluoride. Dietary fluoride supplements may also be included under this classification.


How In-office Fluoride Treatment Is Applied

Dentists apply in-office fluoride treatments for people who are at a higher risk for dental caries. They even offer to anyone who may be interested in receiving extra protection. However, this solution is typically stronger than the fluoride used for home care.

As a result, patients who receive treatments are asked not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after treatment. That way,  the fluoride can absorb and repair the carious areas of the dental enamel.

You will find having fluoride treatments can help greatly in the  prevention of cavities. Our supportive and friendly dental team is always willing to answer any dental concerns or questions about in-office whitening treatments. To schedule an appointment for a professional dental cleaning, exam, and fluoride treatment, contact River Valley Smile Center at 479-646-0706 or find us on Facebook.

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