Fluoride is one of the world’s most popular minerals. Its popularity has increased significantly thanks to toothpaste companies advertising it in their products. It’s a good thing that more people are learning about fluoride and its benefits. We also encourage how it’s in almost everyone’s toothpaste and is even added to water.
Exposing a population to fluoride by adding it to water sources is great for dental health. Fluoride helps stop tooth decay and keep our teeth in better shape. Getting it in toothpaste is great, and getting it in water is even better because everyone is exposed to it.
When you arrive at Rejuvenate Dental Arts in Bethel asking for fluoride treatment, we’ll first discuss the details with you. You should know that the amount of fluoride in treatments is a lot higher than that present in toothpaste. The amount used is most commonly calculated using age.
Why don’t we just use lots of fluoride? Well, anything in excess is bad. Sunlight is great, but too much of it gives us skin burns and cancer. Fluoride is great in that it protects and strengthens teeth, but getting too much fluoride will lead to pitting and discoloration of teeth.
After calculating the dose, we apply fluoride using a brush, a swab, or simply using mouthwash. You won’t want to eat or drink anything 30 minutes after fluoride treatment to give your teeth time to absorb it. The procedure is harmless and you won’t feel any type of pain.
Fluoride treatment for children is usually covered by insurance. Adults who wish to get it will probably need to pay out of pocket for it. It’s not expensive though and you can give us a call at Rejuvenate Dental Arts for more information.
Fluoride treatment is mostly recommended in children. Studies show that a child exposed to fluoride early in life has a lower likelihood of suffering from dental caries later on. Children are also more prone to cavities and poor oral hygiene, so fluoride is more valuable and useful for them.