Las Vegas Fluoride Treatments
Taking care of the teeth is a task that must be accomplished daily in order to maintain good oral health. This day-to-day routine should include proper brushing and flossing to keep the teeth and gums clean. Rinsing with mouthwash is also highly recommended to eliminate bacteria from the oral cavity. In addition to that type of care, it is recommended that patients visit their dentist at least twice a year for bi-annual cleanings, x-rays, and examinations to promote the strength of the teeth. Fluoride treatments are also recommended to mitigate the effects of acid erosion by re-mineralizing the teeth and strengthening the enamel of the teeth.
While fluoride is found naturally in many types of food and water, the amount that is present typically isn’t sufficient to restore the composition of the teeth. Therefore, fluoride treatments are recommended for both children and adults to re-mineral their teeth, helping to maintain their natural strength, particularly the outer shell of enamel.
Why Are Fluoride Treatments Necessary?
Throughout the day, the teeth go through a process of demineralization during which the enamel loses the minerals that keep it strong and resistant to decay. Demineralization occurs as the bacteria in the mouth begin to attack the teeth, particularly as plaque begins to form. If sufficient remineralization occurs through diet and the use of fluoridated water and dental products, then a proper amount of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride is deposited into the tooth enamel, enhancing its natural strength. Unfortunately, the processes of demineralization and remineralization do not always balance each other out. Therefore, fluoride treatments become necessary. Fortunately, Smiles Today Dental in Las Vegas provides affordable fluoride treatments for both children and adults.
Fluoride Treatments for Children
It is a common dental practice for children to undergo annual fluoride treatments. This procedure is relatively short in duration. Typically, the hygienist places a specialized tray filled with a fluoride solution upon the child’s teeth for several minutes. After receiving the treatment, the child should avoid all beverages, food, and gum for the next half hour so that the teeth can fully absorb the minerals from the treatment.
Fluoride Treatments for Adults
Today, fluoride treatments for adults have become more common. Depending upon your dentist’s preference, you might receive your fluoride through the use of a specialized tray or it might be painted on using a liquid, foam, gel, or varnish. Once the procedure is completed, it is important for the patient to avoid eating and drinking in order to enable the teeth to fully absorb the minerals delivered through the treatment.
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