Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that collect around the teeth gums in a sticky, clear film known as plaque. Brushing twice a day and regular flossing helps to remove plaque. Another key to good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps to prevent cavities and can even repair teeth in the very early stages of decay.
In addition to the fluoride that is in most drinking water, topical fluoride can help to strengthen teeth. This can be obtained through fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinses and fluoride treatments in the dental office. We recommend in-office fluoride treatments to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially those who may be at a higher risk of developing cavities.
The fluoride varnish we use is a much stronger concentration than what you’ll find in toothpaste or mouth rinses. The treatment takes just a few minutes and is painless. After the treatment, you may be asked to avoid food or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
For more information about fluoride and whether it is right for you or your family, call us today at (512) 668-9468.