Pro Dental Care
General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry
located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL
Fluoride plays a significant role in dental health, and getting the right amount in the proper manner is critical to keeping your smile healthy and strong. At Pro Dental Care in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram offer access to professional fluoride treatments designed to enhance your dental health. If you have questions or concerns about fluoride, schedule an appointment today, online or by phone.
Fluoride Q & A
What is fluoride?
Your teeth are constantly going through a cycle of demineralization and remineralization that weaken and strengthen the hard layer of protective enamel. Exposure to acidic elements like soda, citrus fruits, stomach acids, and certain infections are just a few factors that can increase the acidity of your mouth and weaken your enamel (demineralization).
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in oceans, rivers, and streams. It works to help replace lost phosphorus and calcium in the enamel layer of your teeth (remineralization).
How can I get enough fluoride to strengthen my teeth?
There are numerous ways to get fluoride either topically or systemically, including:
- Municipal water supply (not all areas add fluoride to the water)
- Mouthwashes or gels
- Some dental floss
- Certain foods
Statistics show that communities, where fluoride is added to the water supply, have 20% to 40% lower rates of tooth decay than those where supplementation is not available. Children in those communities seem to show the most significant improvements in dental health.
Professional fluoride applications by a trained and licensed dental practice like Pro Dental Care is the best way to ensure you’re getting the right amount of fluoride for your specific needs.
What is fluoride application like?
Having a fluoride treatment is usually done during your routine dental exam or restorative care appointment. Your practitioner uses a brush, swab, or tray to apply a highly concentrated formulation of fluoride to the surfaces of your teeth.
The fluoride may be in the form of a gel, rinse, foam, or varnish. The entire process takes just a few moments and is not uncomfortable. You should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes or so after your appointment to allow the fluoride to fully absorb into your enamel.
Your Pro Dental Care dentist can advise you on the best schedule for additional fluoride treatments for yourself or your child.
How do I know if I need supplemental fluoride?
Your dentist can evaluate your teeth and overall health to determine if fluoride treatments are right for you. Too much fluoride can cause problems, so getting the right amount is important.
For many children, women, and men, fluoride treatments or medical-grade fluoride products are a great way to enhance dental health. Integrated into a solid dental hygiene routine, fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth and protect against decay.
If you have questions about fluoride treatments, schedule an appointment at Pro Dental Care today, online or by phone.