Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay.
Is fluoride treatment good for teeth?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It’s been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums.
How long should fluoride stay on teeth?
The treatment period for fluoride varnish is approximately 4 to 6 hours. To obtain the maximum benefit during the treatment period, we ask that you follow the recommendations below after you leave our office. Do not brush or floss your teeth for at least 6 hours after treatment.
Are fluoride treatments worth it?
Does Fluoride Have Other Benefits? Yes! Not only does fluoride prevent decay, it can also reduce root hypersensitivity such as cold sensitivity and sensitivity during dental cleanings, which can be common with gum recession.
Why do dentists put fluoride on your teeth?
Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth). Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot completely prevent cavities.
Does fluoride darken teeth?
Excessive fluoride: In small doses, fluoride is an important tooth protector, but in high doses, it can cause your teeth to discolor. Elevated exposure may come from high fluoride content in the local water supply or excessive use of fluoride toothpaste, rinses, and supplements.
What are the pros of using fluoride?
Fluoride is considered the most effective cavity prevention treatment available. This is why dentists will often apply fluoride to children and adult’s teeth during routine treatment. Fluoride reduces plaque, removes tartar, and protects teeth from decay.