A fluoride treatment is done as part of a preventive care visit at Poulos & Somers if your dentist deems it to be necessary. This is a very simple, non-invasive treatment. Your dentist will “paint” a fluoride-rich varnish on your teeth.
This varnish is left in place for about 5 minutes, then you’ll rinse your mouth and spit to remove most of the fluoride. However, a lot of fluoride will remain on your teeth, and it will attract helpful minerals to your tooth enamel.
This strengthens the enamel and can even help reverse the effects of minor tooth decay known as “soft spots.” Because of this, fluoride treatments are highly recommended for patients who have a history of multiple cavities.
Whether it’s in a fluoride treatment, the tap water you drink, or in toothpaste or mouthwash, fluoride works the same way. This chemical helps attract minerals to your tooth enamel, which strengthens it and keeps your teeth strong.
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it is also one of the only parts of your body that can’t regenerate on its own. This is where fluoride comes in. It attracts the minerals that your enamel needs to stay strong, like calcium and phosphates.
This can help you fight back against oral acid that may cause tooth decay, and keeps your teeth strong. Fluoride is a very beneficial chemical, so make sure you use a toothpaste in your day-to-day routine that includes fluoride as an active ingredient.
This is completely dependent on your own oral health, how well you care for your teeth at home, and your risk of cavities. Most adult patients get fluoride treatments every 6 months, since they can be delivered as part of a standard teeth cleaning and oral exam.
However, your dentist at Poulos & Somers may recommend that you get fluoride treatments every 3 months or 12 months, depending on your own unique situation. As time goes on, they may reassess your situation and alter your treatment schedule. Contact us for an appointment now if you believe you could benefit from fluoride treatments in Denver.
You should not brush your teeth or eat or drink anything for 30-60 minutes after your fluoride treatment at Poulos & Somers. This ensures the fluoride varnish has the maximum effect on your teeth. After an hour, you can go back to eating and brushing normally.
Getting fluoride treatment does not affect the recommended steps for at-home oral care, and this includes brushing your teeth. You should brush once in the morning and once at night, and clean the surface of every tooth thoroughly. It should take you at least 2 minutes to brush your teeth.
If you have a history of cavities, it may even be preferable to brush three times a day. Once in the morning, once after lunch, and once after you eat your final meal of the day. This may help further reduce your risk of cavities.