Harmful bacteria cause tooth decay and cavities. The acid produced by oral bacteria forms a sticky, clear film known as plaque. This film accumulates around teeth and gums. With poor oral hygiene habits and without regular teeth cleanings, plaque can lead to decay. For this reason, professional fluoride treatment provides extra protection against decay and dental caries (cavities).
Topical fluoride is directly applied to tooth surfaces. For example, fluoride fortified toothpaste, mouth rinse, and professional treatments are all topical uses of the mineral. Systemic fluoride is taken internally, like dietary supplements and fluoridated tap water. Both types are used to reduce the likelihood of dental caries. Fluoride treatments applied at Great Smile Family Dental safeguard our patient’s oral health.
Both children and adults can benefit from getting fluoride treatment in Edmonton. In fact, topical and systemic fluoride is especially helpful for patients who are at a higher risk of developing cavities. Some factors that may increase your risk of dental caries include:
If you or your child are in a high-risk group for dental caries, then fluoride treatments in Edmonton can help.
Professional-grade fluoride applied by your dentist is more potent than what is available in OTC toothpaste and mouth rinses. The process only takes a few minutes, and there is no pain or discomfort. In addition, professional fluoride is available in a foam, varnish, or a gel. The solution is applied with a brush or a cotton swab or used in the form of a rinse. It can also be placed in a mouth tray and held in place for several minutes.
After the treatment is complete, you should wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking. This will allow the solution to penetrate the teeth surfaces. Depending on your situation, your Edmonton dentist may recommend fluoride treatments in-office every 3, 6 or 12 months.