You’ve probably heard of fluoride before, from its use in oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. But do you know why it’s so beneficial for oral health? Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and can be found in many of the foods we eat. Most major cities also fluoridate water sources, so residents have regular access to fluoridated water. It plays a part in oral health because the absorption of the mineral into the tooth enamel helps to strengthen it. That means that getting a sufficient amount of the mineral will help you build strong teeth that are more resistant to cavities, which occur when bacteria attack the enamel and create a hole in the tooth. For individuals who are not able to get a sufficient amount of fluoride, it is also available as a supplemental tablet. At Smile Huntington, we also provide fluoride treatments to the patients of Huntington, NY.
A professional fluoride treatment is applied directly to the surface of the teeth in the form of either a varnish, gel, or foam. It can be painted onto the teeth or applied by wearing a mouthguard filled with foam for a short period. When you leave our office in Huntington, NY, you will be advised not to eat, drink, or rinse your mouth for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the fluoride to absorb fully into the teeth enamel and give it time to start making repairs to small areas of damage.
Patients of any age can benefit from a fluoride treatment, but it is essential in the period when the teeth are developing, namely between the ages of six months and 16 years, when the baby and permanent teeth are coming in. People with certain conditions can also benefit from this treatment. These include dry mouth, gum disease, and the presence of appliances or prosthetics in the mouth like a dental bridge or braces.
To give yourself or your family a boost in fighting cavities, come visit us at Smile Huntington for a fluoride treatment in Huntington, NY.