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Flouride Applications

Fluoride application is a preventive dental therapy in which fluoride is applied to the teeth to prevent dental caries (tooth decay). Fluoride is a mineral found in water, soil, and some foods, and it is also added to many dental products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss. The fluoride application treatment is typically recommended for children and adults who are at high risk for developing dental caries.

 

Fluoride Applications can be provided in different forms such as a gel, foam, varnish, or rinse. The fluoride is applied to the teeth using a brush, swab, tray, or mouthwash. The fluoride is then applied to the teeth for a set amount of time, usually a few minutes, to penetrate the enamel and strengthen the teeth. It is a quick and painless procedure that can be done in a dental office during a routine dental checkup.

 

Fluoride application is particularly beneficial for children who are at high risk of developing tooth decay. Children who consume sugary or acidic foods and drinks, have poor dental hygiene habits or have a history of cavities are at a higher risk of tooth decay. Fluoride application can help to protect their teeth and prevent future cavities.

 

Fluoride application is also recommended for adults who are at risk of tooth decay due to factors such as dry mouth, gum disease, or radiation therapy. Additionally, individuals who have had dental work such as braces or crowns may also benefit from fluoride application as these treatments can make teeth more susceptible to decay.

  • Fluoride varnishes come in various flavors, making them an excellent choice for treating younger patients.
  • The use of fluoride trays filled with foam is a quick and easy process for applying fluoride to teeth.
  • Only a small or negligible amount of fluoride is ingested during the treatment, thanks to the small quantities used and the rapid setting time.
  • This treatment requires minimal equipment, making it suitable for use in settings where a dental operatory is not available.
  • The sticky consistency of fluoride varnish helps it adhere to the tooth’s surface, ensuring that the fluoride stays in contact with the tooth for a longer period.
  • Based on published research, professionally applied fluoride varnish is not a risk factor for dental fluorosis, even in children under six years of age. This is because the small amount of fluoride used in the treatment reduces the risk of swallowing excessive amounts of fluoride.

At House of Dontics, we believe in taking a preventive approach to dental care, which is why we offer fluoride application treatment as part of our comprehensive dental services. Our team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health and we are committed to providing the highest quality of care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. If you are interested in fluoride application or any of our other preventive dental services, please contact us at House of Dontics to schedule an appointment. We are committed to helping you achieve optimal dental health and a beautiful smile.

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Fluoride solution

Fluoride can be applied topically, meaning it is placed directly on the teeth, or systemically, meaning it is ingested in some form (such as through fluoridated water or supplements). Topical application methods include gels, foams, varnishes, or rinses.

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Tray or mouthguard

A tray or mouthguard is used to hold the fluoride solution or gel in place over the teeth during the application process.

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Application brush or swab

An application brush or swab may be used to apply the fluoride solution or gel directly to the teeth in areas that are difficult to reach with the tray or mouthguard.

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Suction

A suction device may be used to remove excess saliva from the mouth during the application process to ensure that the fluoride solution or gel remains in contact with the teeth.

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Rinse

After the fluoride has been applied, the patient may be instructed to rinse their mouth with water to remove any remaining fluoride solution or gel.

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Dental Sealants

These are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. They provide a barrier to protect the teeth from decay and can last for several years.

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Air Abrasion

This technique uses a stream of air and abrasive particles to remove decay from the teeth without the use of a drill.

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Consumption of water that naturally contains high levels of fluoride.

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  • Ensure the child has fasted for at least 2 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Provide the child with a light meal before the procedure to prevent hunger.
  • Obtain a complete medical history of the child, including allergies and current medications.
  • Prepare the child for the procedure by having them rinse their mouth with water.
  • Make sure your child has a parent or guardian with them for the procedure.
  • Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before the procedure.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your mouth.
  • After fluoride application, it is important to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes.
  • Encourage your child to spit out excess saliva or fluoride gel during the application process.
  • Do not brush your child’s teeth immediately after fluoride application, wait for at least 4-6 hours.
  • Avoid hard and sticky foods for the next 24 hours.
  • Your child may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, but it should subside within a few hours.
  • Continue with regular brushing and flossing to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • If your child experiences any severe discomfort, swelling, or allergic reactions, contact dentist immediately.
  • Follow up with dentist regularly for routine dental check-ups and fluoride treatments.

Understanding Root Causes of Dental Issues

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Fluoride

A single tooth may require implantation due to severe tooth decay, trauma, or injury.

Gum disease

Seafood

Consumption of fluoride-rich foods, such as tea and some seafood.

Congenital absence

Fluoride supplements

Use of fluoride supplements without a prescription or proper guidance from a healthcare professional.

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Toothpaste

Overuse of fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.

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Childhood

Exposure to fluoride during early childhood, when the teeth are still developing.

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Soil or rocks

Ingestion of non-food items that contain fluorides, such as some types of soil or rocks.

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Bad Hobbies

Unhealthy habits like tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can lead to dental problems, causing long-term damage to oral health

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Poor Hygiene

Poor hygiene practices, like irregular teeth cleaning and neglecting oral health, contribute to the development of dental problems.

Our Treatment Process

Assessment

The dental professional will first assess the patient’s oral health to determine if fluoride application is necessary and appropriate.

Cleaning

The teeth are cleaned thoroughly to remove any plaque or debris that may interfere with the fluoride application.

Isolatio

The teeth to be treated are isolated to prevent contamination and to ensure that the fluoride is applied only to the intended areas.

Application

The fluoride is then applied to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam, varnish, or rinse. The method of application may vary depending on the patient’s needs and preferences.

Waiting period

The fluoride is allowed to sit on the teeth for a specific amount of time, usually a few minutes, to allow it to penetrate the tooth enamel and provide maximum benefit.

Rinse

After the waiting period, the patient may be instructed to rinse their mouth with water to remove any residual fluoride.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fluoride applications are recommended for children and adults who are at high risk for tooth decay.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria.

The frequency of fluoride applications depends on the individual’s risk for tooth decay and their age. In general, they may be done every 3, 6, or 12 months.

Fluoride can be applied to the teeth in a variety of ways, including with a brush, foam, gel, or varnish.

Yes, fluoride applications are safe when used as directed by a dental professional. The amount of fluoride used is carefully controlled to minimize any potential risks.

Fluoride applications are typically done in a dental clinic by a trained professional, but some types of fluoride products can be used at home under the guidance of a dentist.

A fluoride application usually takes only a few minutes to complete, but the exact time may vary depending on the type of product used.

The recommended amount of fluoride varies depending on age and risk for tooth decay but generally ranges from 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per day for most adults.

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