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Fluoride Treatment in Thornton

Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel, enhancing its ability to resist decay and cavities and preventing the need for more invasive dental procedures in the future. Regular fluoride treatments also promote overall oral health by reducing sensitivity and protecting against acid attacks from bacteria.
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Exploring the Benefits of Fluoride Treatment

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Fluoride treatment is particularly advantageous for children, aiding in the preservation of dental health as their adult teeth emerge. This process, known as remineralization, counteracts tooth decay by replenishing essential minerals that may be depleted by acids from plaque and dietary sources. By halting and reversing enamel erosion, fluoride treatment fortifies teeth, rendering them more robust and resilient against decay.

Additionally, dental sealants play a pivotal role in safeguarding children’s molars, which harbor intricate grooves prone to trapping acidic plaque and food debris. Applied to the biting surfaces of newly emerged molars, dental sealants create a protective barrier, shielding vulnerable areas from decay and ensuring the longevity of natural teeth.

Why Opt For Sealants And Fluoride?

The American Dental Association supports the appropriate and selective use of sealants for both primary and permanent teeth based on a risk assessment and diagnosis by a dentist. According to the CDA, sealants are an important component of a comprehensive preventive program, which includes nutritional counselling, optimal fluoride exposure, good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations.

Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

The enamel is just the outter-most layer of a tooth. Underneath the enamel, a tooth is made up of dentin, pulp and nerve. Dentin helps support the structure of your tooth but it can’t protect the nerve of the tooth from hot and cold or acid and sticky foods. If the enamel becomes thin and worn, teeth will become sensitive. Fluoride and sealants keep the enamel in tip-top condition so that it can continue to protect your sensitive dentin from the elements.

Prevent and Reverse Decay

Worn enamel can continue to decay until a cavity forms. In addition to causing tooth sensitivity, exposed dentin comes with the added risk of infection which can be extremely painful and may require a root canal to save the tooth. Rebuilding enamel with fluoride treatment and shielding problem areas from plaque build-up helps to prevent decay and even strengthens teeth.

Save Money in the Long Run

An ounce of prevention now is worth a pound of cure tomorrow. Fluoride and sealants are a relatively inexpensive treatment and will prevent the need for more costly procedures that would be required if tooth decay is allowed to progress.

The Fluoridation And Sealant Process

Fluoride treatments are typically included during your child’s annual teeth cleaning and examination. Sealants, on the other hand, are applied as necessary, usually after the eruption of a new molar or when a problem area is identified on a tooth’s biting surface.

Fluoride Treatment

Our fluoride treatment surpasses store-bought options in potency and effectiveness, administered by our skilled medical professionals. Usually delivered in the form of foam or gel via upper and lower trays, the fluoride application is quick and painless, typically taking just a few minutes post-teeth cleaning. For maximum benefits, we recommend refraining from eating or drinking for 30 minutes following treatment.

Dental Sealant Application

Applying dental sealants is a straightforward and painless process. Without the need for drilling or numbing, our dentist meticulously cleans and dries the tooth before applying a mild acidic gel to enhance surface adhesion. After a brief application, the gel is rinsed off, the tooth is dried again, and the sealant is carefully pressed into the tooth’s grooves. Using a special blue light, the sealant is cured, ensuring your bite remains natural and comfortable throughout the procedure.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fluoride treatment can begin as soon as children’s teeth start to emerge, typically around age one or two.

Fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes to apply and is done at the end of a teeth cleaning appointment.

While fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are available for home use, professional fluoride treatment administered by a dentist is more potent and effective.

With proper care, dental sealants can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of dental sealants for children, but coverage for adults varies by plan. It’s best to check with your insurance provider.

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