Fluoride Treatments in Westwood, NJ
Many patients visit our office interested in preventative treatment, or procedures designed to delay or stop dental issues from occurring. The easiest way to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease is by paying attention to the health of the teeth and keeping them clean.
While many patients know they should be brushing and flossing twice a day, few people actually do. This leaves the tooth enamel susceptible to decay from a sticky substance known as plaque. Plaque comes from eating and drinking and will eat through the teeth, leaving cavities and eventually attacking the soft interior pulp.
One treatment we offer to stop plaque from causing decay is the application of fluoride.
What It Is
Fluoride is a naturally occurring inorganic anion that forms a central component in minerals. It is small and difficult to detect, but can be used in a liquid form and applied to the external enamel of the teeth. Fluoride naturally helps enamel rebuild itself, creating extra protection and stopping the progress of tooth decay.
It should come as no surprise to many that fluoride has been well studied by scientists. It is safe to use and has even been added to most public or tap water in the United States to improve the overall health and wellness of the population.
What a Treatment Entails
This is one of the simplest and least expensive treatments offered by dentists. After the teeth have been cleaned and inspected, fluoride is applied using a cotton swab or similar utensil. The mineral is often in the form of a gel, foam, varnish, or a basic liquid solution. Sometimes patients will be given it in liquid form and asked to swish it around their mouths for a few minutes.
After the solution is applied, patients are asked not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow it to be as effective as possible.
Is It Safe for Children?
Fluoride treatment is safe for children and can be performed as early as 1 year of age. However, small children should avoid using fluoridated toothpaste, as it can cause a buildup of the mineral on the teeth. This buildup is called fluorosis. Instead, leave the treatments to the professionals here at Starry Dental, PC.