What is Fluoride Varnish Treatment?
Fluoride varnish treatment is a type of preventive dental care that helps to reduce the risk of cavities and dental decay. The treatment involves applying a thin coating of fluoride gel or varnish onto the teeth, which helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent acid erosion. Fluoride also helps increase remineralization, which can slow down or even reverse early signs of tooth decay.
Topical Fluoride vs. Systemic Fluoride
Topical fluoride and systemic fluoride both work to help protect teeth from cavities, but they are different in how they are administered. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth surface and is commonly used in dental offices to help strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels are all forms of topical fluoride.
Systemic fluoride, on the other hand, is ingested and is typically found in drinking tap water or dietary fluoride supplements. Systemic fluoride works by being absorbed into the bloodstream, which then helps to strengthen tooth enamel from the inside out.
Professional Fluoride Treatment for Kids
Children are more prone to dental caries due to their developing baby teeth and oral hygiene habits, so it’s important for parents to get their children professional fluoride treatment at our dental office. Generally, it is recommended that children receive fluoride dental treatment every six months, or as needed.
Can Adults Benefit From Fluoride?
What Does the Treatment Involve?
The treatment process is simple and painless and only takes a few minutes to complete. During the procedure, our dentist will first clean your teeth and dry them off. Then, a thin layer of fluoride varnish will be applied evenly on all surfaces of your teeth with a brush or swab. The fluoride varnish will need to remain in place for several minutes so that it can be absorbed by your teeth. When the time is up, you may rinse out your mouth with warm water and spit it out.
Maintain a Healthy Smile At Home
Here are some tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy between professional fluoride treatments:
Schedule an Appointment with Mooney Dental
Our dental professionals are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. We can provide you and your family with preventive treatments to help protect your teeth from cavities and other dental issues. To schedule an appointment, contact our dental office today.