Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can absorb into the enamel to help strengthen it. It can be obtained in two forms, topical and systemic. Systemic fluorides are those that are swallowed, whether through foods and drinks that naturally contain fluoride (such as crab, shrimp, raisins, and table wine), fluoridated water, or dietary fluoride supplements. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the enamel. The greatest benefits of fluoride can be obtained when it is available both ways. You can find fluoride treatments at M2 Dental in Vancouver to help strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce the chances of getting cavities.
A professional fluoride treatment may be recommended if you, or a family member, are at a moderate-to-high risk for developing cavities (dental caries). The fluoride preparation used in a dentist office, such as at M2 Dental, is in a much stronger concentration than what you would find in toothpastes or fluoridated mouth rinses that are available over the counter. The procedure generally takes just a few minutes. The teeth are first cleaned to prepare them to receive the fluoride, which can come in the form on a solution, gel, foam, or varnish. It can be applied with a cotton swab or brush, or be placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes.
Following the treatment, it is suggested not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to completely absorb into the teeth. In that time, the fluoride can help repair microscopic carious areas. Fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six, or 12 months, depending on your oral health status. Your dentist at M2 Dental may also recommend other preventive measures such as prescription therapeutic products.
Even after receiving a fluoride treatment in Vancouver, it is important to remember to maintain good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and making regular dental visits to M2 Dental for dental exams and cleanings. If it has been a while since your last appointment, or you would like to learn more about professional fluoride treatments, make an appointment with us today to discuss your oral health.