What Are Fluoride Treatments?

What Are Fluoride Treatments?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) verify that fluoride is a safe and effective way to decrease tooth decay. However, did you know that some Dallas – Fort Worth area dental offices feature fluoride treatments often administered by hygienist? Let’s see exactly what they are.


Fluoride treatments are generally performed by dental hygienists during your cleaning appointments and dental checkups. During treatment, a professional strength gel or mouthwash is prepared for you. The level of fluoride in these products are higher than what you can find at a local drugstore. The hygienist will most likely use the solution on your teeth and allow it to remain on for some time.


This topical fluoride penetrates the surface of tooth enamel and boosts its resistance to decay. So in a way the hygienist is helping your teeth battle against decay while you are in between professional cleanings. They especially would like the fluoride to get to areas that are hard to brush or floss so that decay is minimized as much as possible.
Fluoride treatments are extremely useful to patients with oral health problems such as chronic tooth decay, deep chewing surface pits, and low saliva production. Consequently, many dentists highly recommend fluoride treatments to their patients every day.


So is the fluoride found in your toothpaste and mouthwash less effective than what professional hygienists administer? Not really. The strength that hygienist use on patients can be damaging if it is administered incorrectly, which is why hygienist must be trained on how to do so safely. The fluoride found in dental products that you buy at a store are made for daily use and therefore presents no risks (unless high levels of it is swallowed on a continual basis). Remember, fluoride helps enamel by increasing its resistance to acids.

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