Do I Need a Fluoride Treatment?

Once all your adult teeth have fully grown in, you will have those teeth for the rest of your life. It’s important to take good care of them so they are healthy and look good. It’s best to develop healthy habits like brushing and flossing every day, and avoiding sugar and acidic foods and drinks. Professional dental care is also essential to protecting your teeth and gums. 

At Morning Dental in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach California, we understand that going to the dentist probably isn’t your favorite activity. Skilled and compassionate dentists Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Florman DDS provide high quality dental care in a comfortable and relaxed environment to make it easy for you to get the treatments you need.

Along with their friendly and experienced staff, Drs. Nguyen and Florman offer a full spectrum of dental services, including fluoride treatments, to help you achieve or maintain a gorgeous smile and healthy teeth.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that helps your teeth stay strong and avoid developing tooth decay that can lead to cavities. It strengthens the enamel that forms the outer layer of your tooth, and prevents the bacteria that causes cavities from breaking it down. Fluoride has been used as a safe and effective dental treatment for a very long time. 

What is fluoride treatment?

Daily brushing and flossing are very important for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Avoiding acidic and sugary food is also helpful for supporting your dental health. However, these habits usually aren’t enough to keep your teeth and gums in optimal shape. Professional dental care is also very important for maintaining healthy teeth.

Regular dental visits allow you to get your teeth professionally cleaned, which removes any plaque or tartar build-up on your teeth. During your visits, your dentist also closely examines your teeth to look for any issues, catching problems while they are still small. In addition to providing treatments for existing problems, he also suggests things you can do to prevent future problems.

Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Florman may recommend fluoride treatment if you have significant conditions that can contribute to tooth decay, including:

Fluoride treatments can help fortify the enamel in your teeth, offsetting the increased risk of tooth decay from these conditions. After reviewing your dental history, and completing an examination, your dentist may recommend you get a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.

What’s a fluoride treatment like?

The fluoride treatment is completed during a regular appointment. Once your teeth have been cleaned and examined, your dentist applies a special concentrated fluoride gel, foam, or varnish to your teeth, either applying it using a brush or via a mouth guard. The fluoride remains or your teeth for several minutes to complete the treatment.

To learn more about fluoride treatments, call one of our offices to set up an appointment, or use our convenient online appointment booking system.

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