The field of dentistry has advanced significantly over the last century, helping people keep their natural smiles for decades. However, diet and poor oral hygiene still take its toll. For people interested in extra preventive treatments to keep their smiles healthy, Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas offers fluoride treatments after cleaning.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in the environment that is found in many of the foods and drinks people enjoy. It also has been shown to have beneficial dental properties. During a fluoride treatment, our dentist applies fluoride as a foam, gel, varnish, or solution to the surface of the teeth. Over a period of several minutes, the fluoride triggers a reaction on the surface that begins to repair enamel and eliminate many of the microscopic signs of decay.
There is a lot of misinformation about fluoride, which Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas would like to correct. The fluoride used at the dentist, in toothpaste, or in drinking water is not harmful to a human. There simply isn’t enough material to cause any reaction.
The only potential risk a patient faces is fluorosis, which is which mineral deposits appear on the teeth. However, fluorosis is rare and only occurs when someone has been consuming high quantities of fluoride, starting from a young age and on a regular basis. Our dentist can check young children to see if they are at risk of developing this cosmetic condition before treatment.
The fluoride treatment is a short procedure that only takes a few minutes. Afterward, the effects – such as enamel rebuilding – last for a varying amount of time. The positive effects depend on patients caring for their teeth on a regular basis so that plaque doesn’t build up on the enamel over time.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends fluoride treatment for patients eight years of age or older who would like to mitigate the effects of plaque and tooth decay. In general, patients under eight years old should not have the treatment, as they are at the most risk of developing fluorosis.