Protect Your Teeth from Cavities with Fluoride Treatments
Dr. John W. Dovgan in Phoenix, AZ, provides professional fluoride treatments that can strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. These treatments can be beneficial for children and adults. Depending on the state of your oral health and your propensity for developing cavities, a fluoride treatment may be appropriate every three, six, or 12 months. Preventative dental care is vital to your oral health, and can save you from needing more extensive and costly treatments in the future. Our family-friendly practice has been serving the community for nearly 30 years. We take pride in providing quality dental care, and our team commits to creating a comfortable environment for the most pleasant experience possible.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral found in water, air, soil, and living organisms. Most municipal water supplies contain added fluoride. In the field of dentistry, fluoride is used to strengthen the enamel of the teeth. When sugary foods are consumed, acidic bacteria levels rise, resulting in the demineralization of tooth enamel. Fluoride helps to remineralize your enamel, protecting your teeth from decay and keeping them strong and healthy.
Cavities And Your Oral Health
If left untreated, decay can cause cavities and infection, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Certain factors can contribute to a higher risk of cavities. These include:
- Poor diet
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dry mouth
- Not visiting the dentist regularly
- Drug or alcohol use
- High levels of oral bacteria
- Enamel defects
- Exposed root surfaces
- Undergoing radiation therapy
Benefits Of Professional Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride can be found in various over-the-counter products, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses. While these are useful in supplementing your oral health, professional fluoride treatments contain a higher concentration of fluoride and are recommended as a safe and effective treatment.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of fluoride treatment for minors, making it a simple and affordable way to set the stage for a lifetime of outstanding oral health.
Receiving Fluoride Treatment
Professional fluoride is applied as a varnish, gel, or foam, and the treatment typically only takes a few minutes. Depending on the method used, the fluoride will either be applied directly to the teeth or placed in a mouth guard. After approximately five minutes, your teeth will be rinsed and dried. Dr. Dovgan may recommend avoiding food and beverages for about 30 minutes following treatment.