Fluoride Treatment in Carlsbad
Fluoride is an essential, natural mineral that keeps your teeth strong and healthy enough to fight off cavities and gum infections. While we do get some fluoride from our diet, it’s usually never in substantial quantities that can guarantee dental health. That’s why it’s important to book regular fluoride treatments at Smiles for Health to ensure that you’re meeting the fluoride requirements of your teeth.
Your Fluoride Treatment Appointment at Smiles for Health
A fluoride treatment appointment can double up as a tooth cleaning appointment if the patient and our dentist deem this as the most appropriate course of action. In the case where a dental cleaning is necessary, our dentist will use proper dental tools to scale and polish your teeth gently. The dentist or dental hygienist may also use an electric brush and floss to remove any hidden food debris and plaque from your teeth.
After cleaning, you’re ready for the application of the fluoride. Our dentist may choose to use fluoride in its gel, foam, varnish, or paste form. Depending on the type of fluoride available, our dentist may use a brush or mouthguard to get the fluoride onto your teeth. In the case of a mouthguard, you’ll likely need to keep it on for 30 minutes or so.
Our dentist in Carlsbad will, after that, issue you with after-care instructions and book you for your next appointment, if any.
Important After-Care Tips
While fluoride treatments are essential to the health of your teeth, they are barely sufficient on their own. To guarantee that your teeth remain strong and healthy, you must practice proper dental hygiene, including brushing twice with a soft brush and flossing at least once a day.
Avoid sticky and sugary foods as these encourage the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Ensure that you book in regular dental cleanings with Smiles for Health. We encourage our patients to schedule fluoride treatments together with their teeth cleanings, as this ensures your teeth get a good scrub before the fluoride treatment.
Children that are prone to cavities can benefit from fluoride treatments coupled with dental sealants. It’s always a great idea to prevent tooth decay in children as providing a healthy foundation for their permanent teeth, safeguards their dental health in adulthood.