We all know the simplest way to take care of our smile is by brushing and flossing daily. But sometimes individuals want to do a little more, and sometimes they need to. One way to keep your oral health at its best is through fluoride treatments. Not only does Lovett Dental Katy provide fluoride treatments, but also we offer teeth cleanings and other general dentistry services.
How Can Fluoride Treatments Help You?
The food we eat causes acids and sugars to wear away at our teeth’s enamel (the protective surface). The build-up of plaque and tartar from this is riddled with bacteria. If left untreated, this build-up can cause cavities or holes in your teeth to form. In these cavities, bacteria thrive, causing pain, infections, and potentially tooth loss. Avoiding cavities means taking care of your teeth. However, a lot of factors increase your risk of getting cavities. It’s not just a matter of brushing and flossing or avoiding sugary foods. For instance, some of these include:
- Eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Decreased saliva, also known as dry mouth
- Defects in your tooth enamel
All of these conditions can be treated with fluoride. Doing so won’t solve the problems. But it will go a long way towards fighting them. As a naturally occurring mineral, fluoride strengthens and repairs enamel. Thus, with regular fluoride treatments, our clients stand a greater chance of preventing cavities from forming. Also, these treatments can stop cavities from getting worse.
The Benefits of Fluoride Treatments
In your dentist’s office, they can apply a large, targeted dose of fluoride. This substantially more than you would be able to get and use in toothpaste, mouthwash, or even supplements. The dentist applies a gel, foam, or varnish to your teeth, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. As it does so, the fluoride works its way into your teeth’s enamel on the microscopic level. However, it doesn’t take long, and soon you’ll be out of the office. You may want to avoid eating or drinking for roughly half an hour after a treatment to make sure the fluoride has had time to settle in.
Also, your dentist might recommend additional measures. For example, if you’re at a high risk of developing cavities, you may be prescribed or given the names of over-the-counter fluoride products. Regardless of what you and your dentist determine for you or your child’s needs, the treatment will vastly improve your oral health. These fluoride treatments are a quick and easy way to keep smiles bright.
Contact Lovett Dental Katy
We know that fluoride treatments will improve your smile. But more importantly, Lovett Dental Katy is committed to keeping you healthy. Our combinations of services range from pediatric dentistry for children and adolescents to specialty dentistry for specific needs like braces. It makes us one of the best places to go to keep your smile bright and your confidence high. Contact us today at 832.662.2852, or contact us online to schedule a consultation or appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.