Your teeth are made up of three layers. The outer layer is the enamel, and believe it or not, it is the strongest substance in your body. But the acids in the things you eat and drink and that is produced when sugar meets the plaque on your teeth can wear that enamel away. That can leave your teeth vulnerable to decay. Our dentists, Dr. Peter Kim and Dr. William Altig, can help protect your smile with a fluoride treatment in Sacramento, California, and you can call Sierra Oaks Dental at (916) 481-2000 today to schedule your appointment.
What Is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatment is the remineralization of tooth enamel in order to improve or maintain your oral health. Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in water and many types of food. With fluoride treatment offered by a dental professional, fluoride is applied directly to your teeth and allowed to sit there for some time. Fluoride treatment is a routine maintenance treatment that we frequently provide to keep patients’ smiles healthy and looking great!
Why Opt for Fluoride Treatment?
Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but sometimes it needs some extra help. Fluoride can provide that extra help by remineralizing the enamel surface and inhibiting growth of harmful bacteria. You naturally receive fluoride from water or foods you consume on a daily basis, but a specific fluoride treatment that is allowed to sit on your teeth for some time can provide improved strength and cavity-fighting benefits. If you frequently experience tooth decay or you are not receiving enough fluoride from your diet, we may recommend further fluoride treatment.
Benefits of Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride can act as a natural cavity fighter that keeps your teeth protected from tooth decay. Throughout the day, your teeth are constantly being attacked by bacteria, sugars and acids from whatever you eat and drink, and this results in demineralization of your tooth enamel. Fluoride can provide the remineralization your teeth need to be strong against tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride can also strengthen developing teeth in children so that they last a lifetime.
Process of Receiving Fluoride Treatment
Our dentists and team may recommend that you receive a professional fluoride treatment during your normal dental checkup. Professional fluoride can be a gel, varnish or foam. We may apply the fluoride using a swab, brush or tray depending on your needs and what is most comfortable for you. The fluoride application itself is quick and easy, and we will make it as comfortable for you as possible. You may have to wait some amount of time to eat after application; we will let you know any further instructions.
Cost of Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a simple treatment that can be completed quickly during your routine checkup with our team. We will discuss the specific cost depending on the different factors of your treatment.
If you would like to learn more about fluoride treatment and how it can be used as a preventive measure against tooth decay, please call to schedule with us!