Fort Myers Fluoride Treatment
What is Fluoride?
Every day, you lose and gain minerals from the enamel of your teeth. For example, acids formed from plaque and sugars in the mouth erode the enamel. However, the consumption of food and water naturally adds fluoride and other minerals, but sometimes, not enough.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to the acidity from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth while also reversing early decay. In the Fiddlesticks office, we deliver fluoride as a varnish.
The varnish is painted on the teeth with special attention paid to the back chewing surfaces and stays in place for four to five hours. Eating and drinking water or juice is ok. However, you want to avoid sodas and any kind of chewy (caramel), sticky (cheeses) and hard foods (hard cookies and candy bars). After four to five hours, you can brush teeth to remove the fluoride varnish.
Who is Treated
In children under 6 to 16 years of age can benefit from fluoride treatment. For those less than 6 years old, fluoride embeds in the development of permanent teeth resulting helping to prevent acids from demineralizing the enamel. For those more than six years old, fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and reverses decay.
Adult oral conditions that might benefit from our fluoride treatment include:
- Dry mouth condition
- Gum disease
- A history of frequent cavities
- Presence of crowns and/or bridges or braces
Consider Fiddlesticks Dental Care, a full-service Fort Myers dental practice, when you need dependable, comprehensive, and efficient oral health care including fluoride treatment.