Fluoride Treatment in Columbia, SC

If you schedule regular dental cleanings and exams, chances are you may have gotten asked if you would like to receive fluoride treatment. Fluoride treatment is a preventive measure designed to protect and strengthen the tooth enamel. If you would like to receive preventive fluoride treatment alone or with a dental cleaning, give our office a call to schedule a visit at your convenience!

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What Is The Fluoride Treatment Process?

The fluoride treatment process is a quick and painless in-office visit where a dental professional will apply fluoride to the teeth. The dentist or hygienist will dry the tooth to prevent dilution, allowing the fluoride to harden and be fully absorbed. Typically, fluoride will get applied with a swab or brush. These application methods allow for an entire coating of fluoride around the tooth. After the application, the patient will refrain from eating or drinking for at least thirty minutes, allowing the fluoride to absorb into the enamel.

What Are The Benefits Of Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in food and water. However, dentists can provide more highly concentrated amounts that can benefit your oral health. Some benefits of fluoride include:

  • Tooth enamel strengthening
  • Weak tooth enamel repair
  • Decreased risk of tooth decay
  • Small cavity reversal
  • Cavity prevention

How Long Do Fluoride Treatments Last?

Fluoride treatments can last several months though the fluoride varnish will get brushed away. It is important to follow instructions given by the fluoride dentist, such as no eating or drinking after to allow the fluoride to absorb and effectively work to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Fluoride treatment is recommended every three, six, or twelve months depending on your oral health status. Contact our team at Bethea Family Dentistry to learn more about what fluoride treatment can do for you!

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