What Is a Professional Fluoride Treatment?
During a professional fluoride treatment at the dentist, concentrated fluoride is applied to the teeth for a specific period of time. The fluoride might come in the form of a gel in a tray or could be a rinse or foam. The fluoride provided at Downey Dental Arts is at a higher concentration than what is in store-bought toothpaste or mouthwash. After the fluoride treatment, avoid eating food or drinking liquids for approximately 30 minutes.
What Are the Benefits of a Professional Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is present at safe levels in many commercial toothpaste and mouthwashes. Additionally, trace amounts of fluoride are also added to many city water supplies because it is so helpful in cavity prevention. Drinking fluoridated water can reduce cavities by 40 to 60 percent, according to studies.
Professional fluoride treatments are a way to increase the positive benefits of fluoride in a safe and controlled manner. This can be especially helpful for a patient who has weakened tooth enamel. As with most anything, too much fluoride can become a problem, so a professional dental treatment means just the right amount of fluoride can be used for the best benefits.