Fluoride is like a coat of armor for your teeth
For a fluoride treatment, we use a sticky varnish to paint onto the surfaces of your teeth. The treatment delivers a high dose of fluoride directly where it is applied. In the right situation, fluoride treatments have proven to be an effective part of treating and fighting decay . Fluoride disrupts bacteria that cause decay. It also makes teeth strong, so they can stand up to decay.
There are several different situations where fluoride treatments have proven to be most effective:
Children at risk of decay
The varnish used in fluoride treatments has been shown to reverse early decay. It also stops the progression of enamel decay in primary and permanent teeth.
Orthodontics and Braces
After braces come off, fluoride treatments can help treat white spot legions that can develop on teeth.
Dry Mouth Syndrome
Saliva is a vital and natural way your body works at fighting decay. There are hundreds of medicines that cause dry mouth. When your natural protection is decreased, fluoride varnish can be an effective supplement. Everyone with dry mouth is susceptible to root decay under old fillings and crowns. Root decay moves fast and can be catastrophic for a tooth. Fluoride treatments can help protect vulnerable, exposed root areas.
Patients who have had head and neck radiation
Radiation can kill the saliva glands that are so important at fighting decay in your teeth.
Adults at moderate risk of decay
Adults who have three areas of early decay or who have had any fillings in the last three years would benefit from a fluoride treatment.
At Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville, we are focused on the prevention of disease and fighting decay. We will assess your risks and the possible benefits of fluoride treatments.