Do I Need a Fluoride Treatment?

Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria that congregate around the teeth and gums, forming a sticky, colorless film known as plaque. If you don’t practice good, daily oral hygiene (flossing, brushing, and occasional mouth rinses) then your teeth will become increasingly vulnerable to cavities. In addition to at-home care, dental visits are crucial to keeping your teeth healthy.

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Professional Fluoride Treatment

If you have a high to moderate risk of developing cavities, then a professional fluoride treatment may help. Cavities and even gum disease can run in families, and you may be more susceptible than most. Professional fluoride treatment will only take a few minutes, but it will help remineralize your teeth and protect them against acid-producing bacteria. Following treatment, you will probably be advised to not eat or drink for at least thirty minutes, just to allow the teeth to fully absorb the fluoride to repair the microscopic cavity-prone areas.

How Often Do I Need Fluoride Treatments?

Depending on the status of your teeth and gums, you may be recommended to get professional fluoride treatments every 3, 6, or 12 months. Additionally, Dr. Rigby may suggest additional preventive measures including over-the-counter or prescription fluoride mouthwashes. If you’re concerned about developing cavities or other dental problems, then fluoride treatments can help you protect your teeth from future dental problems.

What Are The Risk Factors for Developing Cavities?

Some of the most common risk factors for developing cavities include:

  • poor oral hygiene
  • eating disorders
  • active cavities
  • lack of regular professional dental care
  • high levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth
  • orthodontic treatment combined with poor oral hygiene
  • drug or alcohol abuse

Not every dental office will offer professional fluoride treatment, but here at Rigby Advanced Dental, you can get fluoride treatment along with your regular cleaning or check-up. Call us today to schedule an appointment to remineralize your teeth and protect against cavities!