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27Jan2015

Do Fluoride Treatments Really Benefit My Teeth?

CAVITY PREVENTION IS A CONTINUOUS QUEST. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help fight tooth decay. The obvious ones including brushing, flossing and regular checkups. Another great way to fight cavities is the application of topical fluoride treatments.

Fluoride Helps Prevent Cavities And Strengthens Teeth

Every day, each tooth’s enamel layer gains and loses minerals. Too much demineralization can lead to weakened teeth and increased cavity risk. Fluoride treatments have two major objectives. First, they make teeth more resistant to plaque and acid attacks. And second, they help teeth remineralize more quickly.

We Offer In Office Fluoride Treatments

Here at the office of Dr. Daniel Oehler, we offer in-office topical fluoride treatments to children and adults. Fluoride especially benefits patients who may be at a higher risk of cavities due to health problems or lifestyle habits. Professional fluoride treatments take just a few minutes. At the office of Dr. Oehler, we use a fluoride varnish which is applied with a small brush. To fully benefit from the treatment, it’s best not to eat or drink for about an hour afterwards to allow the teeth to fully absorb the fluoride.

Most Patients Can Benefit From Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can benefit both children and adults. Depending on your oral health, fluoride treatments will be done every 3, 6 or 12 months. Dr. Oehler may also recommend a fluoride rinse if you are at a higher risk of developing caries. Please remember that the fluoride treatment received in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than found in any toothpaste or mouth rinse that can be purchased in a store. If you have any questions about fluoride treatment, just ask us at your next cleaning. Always remember – Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes and get a teeth cleaning 2 times a year!

If You Have Questions About Topical Fluoride Treatments, Please Ask!

Fluoride treatments are a great option for fighting cavities and strengthening teeth. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!

Thank you for the trust you place in our practice.

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