Fluoride Treatments
in Jefferson City, MO

Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in certain foods and water, helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Dental fluoride treatment is a simple preventive treatment that can be completed in just a few minutes, offering you all the benefits of fluoride. Learn more about dental fluoride treatment for you or your family by giving us a call today!

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What does fluoride treatment do?

Fluoride treatment strengthens tooth enamel, making the tooth more resistant to decay and cavities. Once applied, fluoride promotes remineralization by depositing fluoride ions into the enamel structure, enhancing its ability to withstand acidic attacks from bacteria. Dental fluoride treatment is often applied during dental cleanings. However, our team can recommend and schedule fluoride treatment at a frequency that works best for you.

Is fluoride safe?

Professionally applied fluoride treatment is generally considered safe for most individuals. We often recommend fluoride treatment for kids as they are learning to properly care for their teeth. Excessive fluoride intake, mainly from sources like water or supplements, can lead to dental fluorosis, also known as tooth discoloration. At Southwest Dental Care, we track and recommend fluoride treatment based on your oral health. In many cases, fluoride treatment every six months is what most individuals need.

How long does fluoride treatment need to stay on teeth?

Fluoride, whether fluoride gel treatment, varnish, or foam, can be applied with a swab, brush, as a mouthwash, or in a tray. In most cases, fluoride treatment needs to remain on teeth for at least 30 minutes after application. We recommend you avoid eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth during this time frame. When fluoride is kept on for this amount of time, it offers protection against cavities and strengthens teeth for months until the next treatment or routine cleaning.

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