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Procedures Cleanings & Prevention Flouride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment

 A fluoride treatment contains higher levels of fluoride than found in toothpaste and mouth wash, and requires a prescription from a doctor.  Too much fluoride on developing teeth will cause white spots.  The American Dental Association recommends that children have professionally applied fluoride treatment twice a year during their regular dental visits.

Fluoride can be found in food and water, but sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.  Fluoride treatments are not just for kids.  Below are several reasons for someone of any age to have a fluoride treatment.

Reasons

  • History of recent dental decay
  • Chronic dry mouth due to medication or other medical condition
  • Past bad oral hygiene habits
  • Intake of a lot of sugar and carbohydrates
  • Deep pits and crevasses in teeth

Process

 Fluoride treatments are a single visit procedure.  Fluoride is applied in different strengths and forms.  Drops and tablets are recommended for infants and teens and paste and mouth rinse is recommended for adults for at home supplements.  The strongest forms of fluoride treatments are only applied by a dentist.  Fluoride alone will not prevent cavities; it requires brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and regular exams and cleanings.

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