Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in dentistry for many years to help prevent tooth decay. New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry provides fluoride treatments in Amherst, New Hampshire, help to remineralize and strengthen the teeth to protect against decay and help keep your smile healthy. Please call us today at 603-672-6546 to learn more about fluoride treatment and make your appointment with our caring dentists.
Fluoride has been in use for many years and has been approved as safe and effective by most major health and safety organizations. Although excessive amounts of fluoride ingested over prolonged periods of time can harm the teeth and bones and, very rarely, cause more serious problems, you and your dentist can discuss whether you would benefit from topical fluoride treatment. The fluoride applied during a fluoride treatment is safe and effective.
Your fluoride treatment only takes a couple of minutes so it’s often done at the end of your professional cleaning appointment. All of our fluoride treatments now use a varnish-type application where your hygienist will paint the gel onto your teeth. You will then be asked to refrain from drinking, eating, smoking, or rinsing for 30 minutes.
Fluoride can benefit people of all ages. Children who get adequate fluoride while their teeth are still forming will develop permanent teeth that are stronger and more decay-resistant over their lifetime. Adults who are particularly susceptible to tooth decay also benefit from fluoride application.
While fluoride can help reverse early tooth decay and prevent cavities, it cannot heal cavities that have already formed. Therefore, it is a great and cost-effective strategy for maintaining dental health and preventing more expensive problems later on.
Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about fluoride treatment, and to schedule your oral health consultation with one of our experienced dentists.