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Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatment prevents tooth decay and in certain cases can help reverse first stage cavities. For children, fluoride treatment is typically done during their routine bi-annual oral checkup and teeth cleaning visit.  

Fluoride may be applied to your teeth as a form or gel, foam or varnish. The most common method used for fluoride treatment for children at BIDC gel. Varnish is typically applied for adults.  

Individuals with certain oral conditions such as dry mouth, gum diseases, a tendency for cavities or have prostheses and dental braces may benefit from fluoride treatment. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods and water. Sometimes, your dentist might apply fluoride to treat sensitivity as it strengthen tooth enamel and reduces pain.

Fluoride Treatment

Checkup and Consultation is Complimentary

Check on tooth decay during an routine bi-annual oral checkup for a healthy smile and prevent potential significant issues.

Benefits of Fluoride Treatment

  • Restores minerals to teeth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel
  • Prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stops decay

Procedure for Fluoride Treatment

  1. First Evaluation 
    • your dentists does an oral examination to determine if you are at rsik of tooth cavities and if you may need fluoride treatment
  2. Application of Fluoride
    • a highly concentrated gel or varnish is applied with a swab, brush or tray
    • the fluoride is left on teeth surfaces for a few minutes
  3. Care after Fluoride
    • your dentist asks you to spit any excess fluoride once the time period has lapse.
    • For the fluoride to absorb and take effect, you will not need to rinse with water. Please follow your dentist’s postcare instructions

Recovery Expectations

There is no recovery expectation. You are able to go about doing your normal activities for the day. 

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Care for Fluoride Teeth

  • Avoid eating and drinking for about 30 minutes after treatment. For small children, if they must eat after treatment, provide only soft foods and avoid hot foods or liquids.
  • Your dentist may tell you to wait for sometime before tooth brushing 
  • Keep routine care of your teeth or your child’s teeth with regular brushing, flossing and a good diet

Conclusion – Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments is a preventive treatment used in general dentistry. Teeth is treated with a coating of fluoride minerals to reduce acid attacks by bacteria in the mouth. If you wear dental braces, have dental crowns, bridges or false teeth, fluoride may be recommended to be applied during your routine bi-annual dental checkup

After teeth whitening treatment, fluoride is also commonly applied to reduce teeth sensitivity.

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