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Dr. Pinto Provides You With Gentle Dental Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is one of the most effective dental care agents available to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of dental fluoride treatment are supported by many health and professional organizations as it is effective in preventing cavities and plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.

Fluoride Works In Two Ways:

Topical fluoride: strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay.  We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.  Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride: strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums.  We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies.  It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician.  It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests.  If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

6 Reasons Why You May Need Dental Fluoride Treatment

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.  Dr. Pinto may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Inadequate exposure to fluoride.
  • Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, treatments or medications.
  • Recent history of dental decay.

An in-office fluoride treatment with Dr. Pinto takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.

 

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