Fluoride Treatment Northridge
Fluoride is a naturally existing mineral that is often added to public water supplies, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other products. It is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce cavities in children, especially when combined with dental sealants. Fluoride helps strengthen dental enamel against acid attacks and can help reverse early decay in some cases. Our Northridge dental office offers fluoride treatments for adults and children.
A child may get a fluoride treatment as soon as teeth erupt, and fluoride can be applied two to four times a year. The number of fluoride treatments recommended can vary based on a child’s risk factors for tooth decay. Children often need more fluoride treatments than adults because they are at a higher risk of cavities. This treatment works well in conjunction with dental sealants and other preventive measures.
Adults can also benefit from periodic fluoride application. A topical fluoride treatment can be especially beneficial for those who are at moderate to high risk for decay. This includes people who:
• Have a receding gum line
• Suffer from dry mouth
• Have multiple restorations
• Are undergoing orthodontic treatment
• Have newly developed decay
• Have poor dental hygiene, or health or physical issues that interfere with their ability to practice good dental hygiene
• Suffer from sensitive teeth
• Eat a diet high in carbohydrates or consume highly acidic foods and beverages
• Are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer
Although a fluoride treatment cannot completely eliminate cavities, it can reduce the risk, especially when combined with good dental hygiene habits, dental sealants, regular dental visits, and a healthy diet. The fluoride varnish is applied directly to the tops and sides of each tooth, and hardens when it comes in contact with saliva. It is not painful or uncomfortable, and the application process only takes a few minutes. Foam and gel fluoride applications are also available.
Our dentist in Northridge can help you decide if a fluoride treatment is the right choice for your smile. Call our dental office today to learn more about preventive dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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