Fluoride Treatment | Madison, WI
You may have heard a lot about fluoride, but you may not fully understand what it is and how it helps your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen and protect your teeth. There are treatment options that utilize it to help your oral health. Dr. Gyurina and the professional team at Oak Park Dental are prepared to offer you the best in fluoride treatment options. But you may want to know more before choosing to have a treatment.
What is a Fluoride Treatment?
A fluoride treatment is a procedure that utilizes a heavy dosage of fluoride that is applied to a patient’s teeth. The purpose is to provide a strong foundation in the fight against tooth decay. It helps prevent tooth decay which is crucial to your overall health since tooth decay is one of the leading problems in the field of dentistry. Through everyday wear and tear, tooth enamel is weakened by acids, sugars, and plaque bacteria. Fluoride is the standard way that a tooth’s enamel is restored, rebuilt, and strengthened. Getting a treatment can help jump-start your oral health and prevent additional disease.
Is It Right For Me?
A fluoride treatment is right for any patient; young or adult. If children before the age of six receive a treatment, the fluoride actually becomes a part of the development of their permanent teeth. This is very beneficial as it makes it harder for acids to remove the enamel from their teeth. By starting treatments while the child is young, it can assist with developing good oral hygiene habits early on. Fluoride is also beneficial in the remineralization process—speeding it up while disrupting acid production that is affecting erupted teeth. For that reason, adults can benefit from fluoride treatments. As part of your dental checkups and teeth cleanings, a treatment is generally included.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure for fluoride treatment is very simplistic. It can be applied in our offices in a variety of ways: a gel, foam, and also a varnish which you can also take home with you after your visit. Our treatments have a much higher content of fluoride than other sources like mouth rinses and toothpastes. This allows for your teeth to have a heavy dosage which is important because it acts as the basis and foundation for good overall oral health. Fluoride varnishes and gels can be painted on your teeth while foams are typically put into a mouth guard. The procedure doesn’t take very long; one to four minutes typically. You can supplement the treatment with fluoride toothpastes, mouthwash, or supplements subscribed by our offices.
Questions? Just Ask Us!
Dr. Gyurina and the team at Oak Park Dental are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care; we offer some of the best preventive dental services found in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Should you have any questions regarding fluoride treatments or the dental services we offer, please contact us today. We have many appointment times available and we will work with your schedule to make sure it will suit your busy life!
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