Fluoride is found naturally in water and food. It works by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces, where bacteria will erode the enamel. This happens while you eat, drink, and age. Fluoride also helps to inhibit harmful oral bacterial growth and helps to prevent cavities.
While fluoride will not stop decay, it can help prevent or stop decay from penetrating deeper parts of your teeth. It also helps to create a stronger outer surface to your teeth. Regular use of fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, and more helps with remineralization of your teeth.
Ingesting fluoride is not always enough. At Mountain West Dental in Gillette, WY, you can have a fluoride treatment performed. This will help to restore and protect your smile from any further damage.
A professional fluoride treatment takes only a few minutes. It may come in different forms, including gels and foams. These treatments can be applied in several ways, including manually with a swab or by use of a tray that you will hold in your mouth for several minutes.
After your treatment, you can expect to be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for 30 minutes to an hour. This is to allow the fluoride to absorb into your teeth and will help to repair decayed areas. Your dentist or orthodontist may recommend you return for a treatment every six or twelve months, depending on your oral health status at the time of your appointment. We promise to be thorough and gentle with your treatment.
Anyone can benefit from a fluoride treatment, even if you brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes twice a day. This is especially true for people who suffer dry mouth conditions or gum disease. You should also have regularly-scheduled fluoride treatments if you have a history of frequent cavities or if you have bridges or braces.
For fluoride treatments near you in Gillette, WY, contact us at Mountain West Dental. We are currently accepting new patients. We can spend your first appointment getting to know you as well as examining and cleaning your teeth, which will help to prevent any future dental problems.