Fluoride's importance to oral health has been proven by the American Dental Association (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and several other professional health organizations. Communities that add fluoride to their water supply have fewer problems with cavities and tooth decay. A natural mineral found in the earth and some foods, fluoride strengthens bones and teeth. Professional fluoride treatments at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX can help children with developing teeth and adults with damaged enamels to restore their oral health. Learn more about professional fluoride treatments during your annual exam with experienced dentist Dr. James Peterson.
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Fluoride treatments can be given to patients of all ages, though it is typically given to younger patients whose teeth are developing or who have not developed good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Peterson also recommends fluoride treatments for adult patients who do not have a fluoridated water supply or who are prone to cavities. James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides different fluoride formulas if you have specific needs, including neutral sodium fluoride if you have dry mouth and acidulated phosphate fluoride if you have dental restorations (crowns and bridges). There are also different flavors to make these treatments easier for both younger and older patients.
What to Expect
Fluoride treatments are generally performed every six months after your dental cleaning. When you select your flavor, a team member will prepare the treatment as either a foam, gel or paint-on varnish. It will be left on for several minutes to allow the fluoride time to penetrate the enamel before it can be spat out. The hygienist will use suction to help clear your mouth after the treatment, but you cannot rinse your mouth, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes after.
In some cases, Dr. Peterson may recommend fluoride supplements for you or your child to take at home. While these treatments help to strengthen the enamel, you should continue or establish a good home oral care routine, including brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing. You should also attend your scheduled professional exams and cleanings at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry so Dr. Peterson can reassess your need for fluoride treatments.
Ensure you and your family have strong, healthy teeth with professional fluoride treatments at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Peterson suggests fluoride treatments for younger patients with developing teeth and adults who would like to avoid cavities. Contact our office in Coppell, TX to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning with a fluoride treatment.