Fluoride Treatments in Jackson, TN

Fluoride is a main ingredient in many toothpastes and other dental products, and for good reason. Fluoride is a great addition to virtually any oral care routine, as it does an excellent job at strengthening teeth and fighting off tooth decay. If you are interested in adding a fluoride treatment to your next visit or your child’s next visit, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide more information and update your treatment plan.

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What do fluoride treatments do?

Fluoride treatments help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. During a fluoride treatment, a dentist or hygienist applies a concentrated fluoride varnish to your teeth. This varnish helps to remineralize weakened enamel and reverse early signs of decay. Fluoride also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, reducing the risk of cavities. Regular fluoride treatments are especially beneficial for children, as they help in the development of strong, healthy teeth, but adults can also benefit from them to maintain oral health and prevent decay.

Are fluoride treatments safe?

Yes, fluoride treatments are safe when performed by a dental professional. The concentration of fluoride used in these treatments is carefully controlled to provide maximum benefit with minimal risk. Extensive research has shown that fluoride is effective in preventing tooth decay and strengthening enamel. While excessive fluoride intake can cause dental fluorosis, a condition that affects the appearance of tooth enamel, this is rare and typically occurs with overexposure from multiple sources over a long period. Dentists take precautions to ensure that fluoride treatments are both safe and effective for patients of all ages.

What do fluoride treatments involve?

Fluoride treatments involve a highly concentrated fluoride varnish being applied to the teeth, a very quick and comfortable process that is usually done after a professional teeth cleaning. After the application, patients are usually advised not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to fully absorb into the enamel. Fluoride treatments can be performed every six months during a patient’s routine dental appointments, or simply as needed.

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