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Flouride Treatments

Fluoride is a mineral that is present in food and water and most people get sufficient quantities from those sources. Fluoride is absolutely essential in helping prevent tooth decay.

There are two kinds of fluoride:
Topical Fluoride: This can be obtained from topical substances like toothpaste, mouth rinses and gels. Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth by seeping into the outer surface of the teeth. It is recommended that children get professional fluoride treatment at least twice a year and can be easily done during their checkups or cleaning appointments.

Systemic Fluoride: This can be obtained from food and community water or as a supplement in the form of gel or drops from the dentist. Fluoride drops are recommended for infants and tablets are recommended for older children. It is important to monitor the fluoride intake as sometimes too much of it can cause white spots on teeth.

The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouth rinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy. Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish. Typically, it is applied with a cotton swab or brush, or it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas. Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months.

Come in to Mosaic Smile Care as we provide fluoride treatments for our patients. After a thorough examination, we can recommend if you or child need this treatment. Come in for a consultation so that we can help you protect your teeth from decay and cavities.
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