Brushing just twice a day isn’t enough to remove the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. That’s why dentists recommend fluoride treatment. Fluoride protects teeth against cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. Our community water supplies naturally contain very low levels of fluoride. For stronger, healthier teeth, you can also ask your dentist or dental professional about adding a fluoride treatment to your routine.
Fluoride treatments are performed by a dentist, usually in the dental office. Fluoride treatments may be administered in different ways: in a rinse, in a gel, in a foam, in a varnish (a fluoride treatment product), or in a swab (this is done if the permanent teeth have enough space). The most common way of applying the fluoride treatment is in the form of an oral rinse.
What to Expect
These treatments have much more fluoride than what’s in your water or toothpaste. They only take a few minutes to apply, and it may be best to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment so the fluoride can fully absorb.
In an effort to achieve healthy teeth and gums, dental professionals began to include fluoride as a mainstay treatment in toothpastes and oral care products. Dentistry has greatly evolved since then, and now there are many different types of fluoride treatments on the market today.