Chugging seven cups of water a day may help, but it’s not enough to get all the fluoride necessary to keep your teeth stronger. There are many benefits of fluoride treatment through the dentist’s office, although there may be some downfalls as well.
If you are looking for fluoride treatment in the Grosse Pointe Woods or Grosse Pointe area, you can rely on us for the best results. In fact, you typically won’t even need a second appointment. We can take care of it during your routine checkup.
Before you make any decisions about whether you want this option or not, there are a few facts you should know.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride comes from fluorine, an abundant natural element. As a natural mineral, fluoride helps build stronger teeth.
It is used in two forms: topically on the surface and systemically through the body.
Naturally, it’s found in your bones and teeth, and it’s in fresh water, soil, plants, rocks, and the air. It’s also intentionally added in tap water, which is why drinking water may help keep your bones and teeth stronger. The water not only strengthens your body by traveling through it, but it also stays in your mouth for some time, allowing your teeth to absorb the mineral.
As for topical applications, fluoride is placed directly on the teeth through most brands of toothpaste and some mouthwashes.
But that’s not always enough, so fluoride treatment at our Grosse Pointe dental office will give the mineral’s positive effects a boost. The fluoride used in the dental office is much more concentrated than it is in toothpastes or fluoride mouth rinses.
What are the benefits of fluoride treatment?
Many health organizations have been touting its benefits for decades.
The primary benefit of fluoride treatment is to prevent tooth decay by strengthening the tooth enamel and making it more resistant to the acids in your mouth. Fluoride may even stop tiny cavities from progressing.
Using fluoridated toothpaste, drinking water, and getting fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office combined leads to the best results.
How is it applied at the dentist’s office?
You will be happy to hear that fluoride treatments at our Grosse Pointe dental office only take a few minutes. We will simply apply the varnish with a cotton swab or brush and leave it on for several minutes. After the treatment, you will be asked not to eat or drink for at least a half hour to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
We recommend getting professional fluoride treatments at least once a year. If you are at a high risk for cavities, we may also recommend other preventative measures, such as using prescription fluoride mouth rinses or antibacterial mouth rinses.
Why is it recommended for children?
Children may especially benefit from fluoride treatments. The goal is to prevent cavities, so ensuring that children’s teeth are protected early on can help.
Research shows that children in countries where poverty is rampant are more likely to develop cavities, partially due to a lack of fluoride in the water supply. According to research, children in these socio-economic conditions are five times more likely to develop tooth decay.
In fact, some dental insurance companies will pay for fluoride treatment for children, but not as much so for adults. However, a typical fluoride treatment only costs about $35, give or take, depending on the dentist’s office and your particular needs.
Children who do not get enough fluoride from water sources or toothpaste may even be prescribed fluoride supplements that can strengthen their teeth.
Is it right for everyone?
If you or your children are at a high risk of getting cavities, brushing with fluoridated toothpastes and getting fluoride treatments may help prevent them. However, like so much else in life, there may be too much of a good thing.
Too much fluoride may contribute to harmless yet unappealing white spots on your teeth, known as dental fluorosis. Some research also suggests that too much fluoride could damage the bones, known as skeletal fluorosis.
For these reasons, you typically shouldn’t get a professional fluoride treatment more than twice per year. The concentration of fluoride in tap water and toothpastes is also limited according to set standards.
Fluoride is added in tap water because its benefits are proven and powerful, but the recommended level is only 0.70 parts per million.
Get your next treatment here
If you are susceptible to cavities or are simply due for a fluoride treatment, our Grosse Pointe dental office is here to help you strengthen and protect your teeth. We can apply fluoride treatments during one of your routine dental checkups, so it’s as easy as can be.
Contact us to make an appointment or if you want to learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatments for your teeth.