Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to your dentist are all part of the routine for a healthy mouth. Sometimes individuals want to do more to brighten their smiles. Lovett Dental Corpus Christi offers teeth cleaning that our patients can keep coming back to. Also, we provide fluoride treatments that our patients need to strengthen their teeth.
How Do Fluoride Treatments Work?
Our dentistry at Lovett Dental Corpus Christi includes fluoride treatments, teeth cleaning, and emergency dental services. However, we also offer teeth whitening as part of our cosmetic dentistry services.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. As a primary ingredient in most toothpaste and mouthwashes, you’ve encountered fluoride before. But, when your dentist conducts fluoride treatments, the process is a bit more involved. It is, however, exceptionally effective at maintaining your oral health because the mineral restores tooth enamel, helping to prevent tooth decay by at least 25%. Often, it is added to a community’s water supply. But when it isn’t, individuals should consider getting fluoride treatments at their dentist’s office.
Your dentist uses a much stronger concentration of fluoride than you’ll get from toothpaste or mouthwashes. Whether you use a gel, foam, or varnish, the treatment process only lasts a few moments. Applied to your teeth with a brush or swab and allowed to sit on your teeth for a couple of minutes, fluoride will immediately begin to restore your tooth enamel. However, after treatment, you ought not to eat or drink for at least thirty minutes as your teeth fully absorb the mineral.
Alongside your regularly scheduled dental appointments, it’s recommended you get fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride treatment results in numerous benefits. First and foremost, the process strengthens and restores your tooth enamel. When this protective layer of your teeth weakens, cavities can form. In cavities, bacteria catch and build up, leading to tooth decay, a significant cause of tooth loss. Also, if you suffer from dry mouth, have dental braces or dental veneers, or periodontitis (gum disease), these treatments can help alleviate your issues.
Children, especially, benefit from this treatment. During treatment, fluoride is incorporated into the development of a child’s permanent teeth. The process makes it harder for acids and sugars to weaken a child’s new adult teeth. Thus, fluoride treatments are done early to improve a child’s likelihood to avoid cavities and the diseases that can grow out of them. But adults also benefit from fluoride. Stronger teeth don’t just mean better oral health, but better overall health. Further, regular dental visits with fluoride treatment on top of your routine of daily brushing and flossing reduce the need for significant treatment or major oral surgeries. In the end, this preventive care saves you money.
Contact Lovett Dental Corpus Christi
When you combine all the services Lovett Dental Corpus Christi offers, you’ll find yourself with the bright, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. With a compassionate and understanding staff, we want what’s best for your smile. Schedule an appointment today for yourself or your child by contacting us at 361.256.7896.