Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists provides safe and effective fluoride treatments for children and adults. We are happy to update patients with our comprehensive list of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. Please make an appointment with one of our dentists near you for a detailed exam.
Tooth Decay and Fluoride Treatment
Acid-producing bacteria accumulate between gums and teeth and cause teeth to decay. They form a sticky, transparent film called ‘plaque’ on the tooth surface. Failing to get plaque removed causes it to harden into tartar, which attacks tooth roots and gum tissue.
Brushing your teeth daily with a fluoride-based toothpaste and regular flossing helps remove plaque deposits from your oral cavity. A fluoride treatment is another effective way to fight dental cavities.
Why We May Recommend Fluoride Treatment
While fluoride treatment is considered safe for all patients, we may especially recommend it for those who:
- Have deep pits and grooves on the tooth surface
- Have sensitive or exposed tooth roots
- Consume a diet rich in sugar and starch
- Suffer from inadequate saliva production in the oral cavity
- Have a history of caries
Please continue to brush and floss daily after treatment.
Fluoride Treatment at Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists
Many health organizations and research studies suggest that fluoride can help reduce the risks of developing cavities. The concentration of fluoride we use during a fluoride treatment is significantly higher than over-the-counter dental products. Fluoride treatment only takes a few minutes to complete, and we apply the gel, foam, or varnish directly to your teeth.
The dentist may either apply the fluoride with a brush or cotton swab or use a tray with a dental rinse. We will hold the tray in place for a few minutes to allow the dental enamel to absorb the fluoride. Our dentists suggest refraining from eating, drinking, and rinsing for about 30 minutes after the procedure. This allows enough time for the fluoride to penetrate all areas of the tooth.
For more information on sealants, cavity treatment, root canals, and fluoride treatment near you, please contact one of our offices in Houston, Richmond, Magnolia, or League City for an appointment today.