A bright, healthy smile starts with strong, decay-free teeth. While brushing and flossing daily help maintain your dental health, fluoride treatments provide an extra layer of protection against cavities. Dr. Richard Grubb at Family Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry in Havre De Grace, MD, offers professional fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.
Dr. Grubb and his team use fluoride to create a better oral environment and fight the beginning stages of decay. Call (410) 939-5800 today to schedule a general dental appointment with our Havre De Grace dentist and compassionate staff.
Fluoride treatments involve applying a high-concentration fluoride varnish, gel, or foam to the teeth using trays that fit over your teeth like mouthguards. The fluoride varnish is left on the teeth for one to four minutes during a routine dental checkup to allow it to absorb into the enamel.
Fluoride works to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay in two ways:
Professional fluoride treatments done in the dental office contain a much higher concentration than over-the-counter fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. The controlled application allows the naturally occurring mineral to thoroughly penetrate the tooth enamel and provide strengthened protection against decay.
There are three ways that fluoride works to protect your teeth from tooth decay:
Regular fluoride treatments maximize these protective mechanisms to keep your smile healthy and strong and reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Professional fluoride treatments offer a range of benefits, including:
Fluoride helps maintain tooth enamel optimally mineralized and cavity-free so you can enjoy eating and drinking your favorite foods without worry.
While everyone can benefit from professional fluoride treatments, some individuals are especially good candidates:
Fluoride helps replenish and strengthen weakened enamel to prevent dental caries and tooth decay. Dr. Grubb evaluates each patient’s risk factors to determine the ideal fluoride treatment schedule. Some may benefit from periodic fluoride supplements every three to six months, while higher-risk individuals may need more frequent applications with an at-home fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouth rinses.
Receiving a professional fluoride treatment at our Havre De Grace dental office is a simple, comfortable process:
Dr. Grubb recommends waiting 30 minutes to an hour before eating after a fluoride treatment, as your teeth might be slightly more porous and sensitive than normal following fluoride treatment.
With a little care immediately after your appointment, you can eat whatever you like within 24 hours. The fluoride will have fully settled into your enamel by then. Just be gentle at first and avoid temperature extremes or staining foods to get the most out of your treatment.
Let your dentist know if you have any other questions!
However, in some cases, people may temporarily experience some increased sensitivity for a couple of days after a fluoride treatment. Avoiding sugary, hot, and staining foods can help you reduce sensitivity in the time after your treatment.
Don’t leave your dental health to chance. Schedule professional fluoride treatments with Dr. Richard Grubb at Family Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry today. Call (410) 939-5800 or request an appointment online to get the cavity protection you deserve. Fluoride treatments preserve bright, healthy smiles for the whole family.
We look forward to meeting new and returning patients from Havre de Grace and the surrounding areas of Aberdeen, Perryville, and Churchville, MD.