Everyone’s risk of developing cavities is different. Your risk depends on many factors like genetics, diet, home care, age, medications and overall health. Some of these factors are within your control and others are not. Preventing cavities is really a balancing act of managing the risk factors and increasing prevention.
Fluoride treatment is a very effective way to prevent cavities. On a microscopic level, fluoride actually replaces calcium in your teeth and is much harder for the bacteria to dissolve, making your teeth stronger. Many of our patients of all ages find they are getting new cavities despite good home care and regular cleanings. When this happens we work with them to add more preventive measures until the scale tips in their favor. A fluoride treatment after your dental hygiene visit is a highly effective & economical way to reduce your risk of getting new cavities. When you are in our office we will help determine whether the application of fluoride is appropriate to combat your risk factors.
What to Expect with a Fluoride Treatment
A clear fluoride “varnish” will be applied your teeth at the end of your professional dental cleaning using a small brush. The fluoride should be allowed to stay on your teeth for several hours to allow maximum effectiveness.
Following a Fluoride Treatment
You will be instructed not to brush or floss for 4-6 hours following the application of fluoride varnish.You can drink water and other cold beverages, but maintain a soft diet and avoid hot liquids and beverages containing alcohol including mouthwashes and rinses during the treatment period. It is also important not to eat hard or crunchy foods that will displace the fluoride from your teeth.