Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. In fact, technically, it is harder than steel. But the acids in our food that are created when sugar reacts to the bacteria can wear that enamel away and lead to tooth decay. To keep your teeth strong, our dentists can treat your teeth with fluoride to keep them strong and healthy. To schedule your fluoride treatment in Los Angeles, with Rene Ghotanian, DDS MSc or Tina Ghotanian D.D.S., call Ghotanian Dental to schedule your appointment at one of our clinics in the Los Angeles area.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and many foods. While you receive a certain amount of fluoride from your diet and from using toothpaste with fluoride, we may recommend fluoride treatment to further strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and protect them from tooth decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, bacteria, sugars and acids constantly attack and demineralize the enamel of your teeth. Fluoride works to remineralize tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay and cavities. In addition, fluoride can strengthen teeth as they develop to make sure they are strong and healthy. This makes fluoride very important for children as their teeth grow in.
Benefits of fluoride treatments
There are several benefits to receiving fluoride treatments, including:
Prevents tooth decay and cavities
Fluoride treatments help to prevent tooth decay and cavities by strengthening tooth enamel and making it more resistant to acid attacks.
Strengthens tooth enamel
Fluoride treatments help to strengthen tooth enamel, making it less likely to erode and more resistant to damage from bacteria and acid.
Fluoride treatments can help to reduce tooth sensitivity by strengthening tooth enamel and reducing the amount of exposed dentin.
Safe and effective for all ages
Fluoride treatments are safe and effective for people of all ages, from young children to adults.
Types of fluoride treatments
There are two main types of fluoride treatments: in-office treatments and take-home treatments.
In-office fluoride treatment
In-office fluoride treatments are performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. The treatment involves applying a fluoride gel or foam to the teeth for several minutes. The fluoride is then rinsed off, and the patient is instructed not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to fully absorb into the teeth.
Take-home fluoride treatment
Take-home fluoride treatments are often prescribed by a dentist for patients who are at high risk of developing tooth decay. The treatment involves applying a fluoride gel or paste to the teeth using a custom-fitted tray. The patient wears the tray for a specified amount of time, usually overnight.
Our dentists and team members may recommend professional fluoride treatment during your regular dental checkup. We may suggest further fluoride treatment if your teeth are prone to decay or if you are not receiving a sufficient amount of fluoride from other sources. Professional fluoride is available in the form of a gel, varnish or foam. Fluoride treatment is just one of the ways our team helps you keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. For more information about preventive dentistry and the benefits of fluoride, we welcome you to contact us today. We are eager to care for your smile!
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