Studies show that patients who get regular fluoride treatments done are 43 percent less likely to develop tooth decay and cavities.
Fluoride is found in a number of natural sources such as:
Teenagers and adults typically require 3 to 4 mg of fluoride per day, while children may require anywhere between 0.1 mg to 2.5 mg depending on the age of the child. While fluoride has extensive benefits in terms of dental treatments, excess amounts are not recommended.
When children brush their teeth, apply only a thin layer of fluoride toothpaste to their toothbrush, and ensure that they spit out the toothpaste after brushing. It’s best to consult our experienced team at iSmile San Pablo in San Pablo, CA for advice on proper brushing.
Over-the-counter dental products like toothpaste and mouth rinses contain low levels of fluoride. If you’re looking for products with higher concentrations of fluoride, you may need a dentist’s or doctor’s prescription.
Before starting the procedure, we inform patients on the procedure, benefits, and after-care precautions. We advise patients to eat and drink normally before the treatment but to avoid any fluoride supplements for two-three days after the treatment. We also perform a risk assessment by examining the cheeks, lips, tongue, and oral cavity for swellings, redness, or lesions before we proceed.
San Pablo Dentists may apply fluoride treatments in the form of foam, gels, or varnish. These treatments usually contain much higher concentrations of fluoride. The dentist will use a mouth guard for the application of gels or foams. The varnish is applied directly to the teeth.
Your teeth may appear discolored after the treatment, and our dental team generally recommends brushing off the fluoride the next morning. When we perform fluoride treatments for children, we ensure they wear glasses and bibs as an added precaution against spilling or splashing.
Explore our website, call or email us for more information on the benefits of fluoride treatments for children and older adults. Contact iSmile San Pablo in San Pablo, CA today for regular exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments.