Fluoride Treatments Protect and Strengthen Your Teeth
Dr. Art Carpenter offers fluoride treatments in their Kenilworth, IL, office to protect your teeth from cavities and decay. Fluoride treatment can repair and strengthen your dental enamel by replenishing oral mineral levels in a fast, comfortable procedure. This simple preventive measure can help you avoid more serious oral health issues requiring costly and extensive treatment.
Repair and Protect Enamel
When bacteria collects on the teeth, it eventually becomes plaque. Plaque sticks to your teeth and produces acids that cause demineralization. Enamel is the hard, clear coating that covers your teeth, and it can be severely weakened and damaged by demineralization. If left untreated, this leads to tooth decay and cavities. Several other factors can also contribute to enamel loss such as tobacco use, acidic foods and beverages, and genetics.
In order to boost your levels of dental minerals and prevent cavities, you should maintain a regular fluoride intake. Although fluoride can be found in certain foods and most public water supplies, a professional fluoride treatment can provide stronger protection.
Quick and Comfortable Treatment
Often, a fluoride treatment can be administered during a regular checkup. Prior to the procedure, your dentist will clean your teeth and remove any substances that might create a barrier between your enamel and the fluoride. Once your teeth are clean and dry, we will administer the fluoride, typically either as a varnish or in a dental tray. Fluoride application takes only a few minutes. Following the procedure, you will be asked to refrain from eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes. This helps the fluoride remain in contact with your teeth without being washed away. If you smoke, you should also refrain at this time, although it is highly advisable to cease the habit altogether if you wish to achieve and maintain the best possible oral and overall health.
Once your first fluoride treatment is complete, we may recommend periodic follow-up treatments based on your oral health status.
Fluoride Treatment for Children
Children are especially good candidates for fluoride treatments. Along with teenagers, children are more prone to the effects of demineralization because they often indulge in sugary foods, and may not have mastered their brushing and flossing techniques. Patients with braces are also more susceptible to demineralization because bacteria can become trapped under their hardware. Protecting developing teeth can ensure a stronger, healthier adult smile.
Although a fluoride treatment can be administered to restore a small degree of enamel loss, it is also an excellent way to prevent compromised enamel altogether. Professional fluoride treatments provide added protection for your teeth and make them more resistant against acidic foods that cause bacteria buildup and enamel erosion. Scheduling regular fluoride treatments is a simple and effective way to protect your teeth against cavities and and tooth decay.
Schedule Treatment Today
Whether you are experiencing a small degree of enamel degradation, or if you simply wish to protect yourself from future oral health problems, a fluoride treatment can help. Call our office at (847) 251-5004 or contact us online to schedule your fluoride treatment.