Sometimes the level of fluoride we consume when we eat or drink just isn’t enough to keep our teeth from decaying. At Legacy Dentistry of Virginia, we provide fluoride treatment for adults to prevent cavities, strengthen teeth, and keep their oral health in great condition.
Fluoride treatment has been around for over 50 years and is highly supported by many American dental organizations. These professionals recommend adult fluoride treatment for fighting tooth decay and promoting good oral hygiene.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in our local water supply and many foods. This mineral helps make up our tooth’s enamel, which is the tooth’s hard exterior surface. The bacteria from plaque and tartar weakens our enamel through the process of demineralization every day.
When we consume fluoride, as well as other minerals such as calcium, we rebuild our enamel through remineralization. However, demineralization usually happens a lot quicker than remineralization. This can put you at risk of cavities, tooth decay, gum recession, and gum disease.
Getting a fluoride treatment at your dentist will increase the process of remineralization, helping to strengthen your enamel and prevent damage to your teeth. The application of fluoride may even reverse some minor tooth decay.
Reasons for Fluoride Treatment
Adults are at high risk of developing dental cavities and tooth decay. Our dental hygienist may recommend a professional fluoride treatment if you have:
- Exposed, sensitive root surfaces
- Deep pits showing decay on the surfaces of teeth
- Dry mouth
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Inadequate consumptions of fluoride / unfluoridated water
- High sugar intake
- Any signs of dental decay
Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatment as a preventive measure.
What to Expect During a Fluoride Treatment
During a fluoride treatment, the dentists at Legacy Dentistry of Virginia will apply fluoride in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish using simple tools such as a brush or cotton swab. The procedure only lasts for a few minutes.
We ask that you do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after your treatment. This allows your enamel to absorb all of the minerals.