Serenity Family Dentistry – Fluoride Applications
Fluoride is a natural element found in nature. It can also be processed and is often found in toothpaste, mouth rinses and along with many municipals drinking water. The benefits of fluoride have been studied by the American Dental Association for more than 60 years. The ADA has published that fluoride has a major impact on preventing tooth decay.
Fluoride fights the acids and sugars in your mouth that cause bacteria also known as plaque. This acid erodes teeth over time and grows into cavities. The fluoride helps to fill those gaps with a protective barrier. But fluoride is only preventative.
At Serenity Family Dentistry in Charlotte, we offer our patients simple and quick fluoride treatments to help reduce the causes of gum disease.
In Office Fluoride Applications
Brushing, flossing, and mouthwashes with fluoride go a long way in preventing cavities. Children and adults both benefit by including fluoride in their dental routines. Some people may have elevated risks of developing plaque due to eating habits, health, and other factors. In these cases, your dentist may recommend an in-office visit for a fluoride application.
It’s simple and quick. Often your dentist or hygienist will apply a fluoride based gel into a bite tray. This helps to coat the teeth with a protective layer. Other methods can involve using a swab stick to apply the fluoride or given as a rinse. Minutes later, you are done.
Typically, your dentist may request that you not eat or drink for a short while after your visit.
At Serenity Family Dentistry in Charlotte, we are creating beautiful smiles with a gentle touch.