As the leader of your family, you bare the burden of determining what will be best for everyone’s oral health. Therefore, you want to know the most effective methods of prevention. One of the ways to protect their oral health is with fluoride treatments, but is this a route you should consider? Your family dentist in Vienna provides the professional insight you need to make the best decision for your family.
What is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that contributes to strong teeth enamel (the outer surface of the teeth) and aids in cavity prevention. A fluoride treatment is used to fortify the teeth to prevent decay and unwanted restorative procedures.
The treatment involves a dentist applying a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel or varnish using either a swab, brush, tray or mouthwash. The application takes only a few minutes to complete, and patients are free to eat normally 30 minutes after the procedure is completed.
Fluoride Treatment – The Pros
Here are two benefits of receiving fluoride treatment:
- Prevention – A recent study shows when children and adolescents receive fluoride treatment, they are 43% less likely to have tooth decay and cavities.
- Evidence in History – Before municipalities around the country started adding fluoride to the water supplies, the prevalence of tooth decay was higher. Studies show that the incidence of cavities is 40 to 60% less now with more fluoridated sources of water around the country.
The Downside of Fluoride Treatment
While it offers great preventive benefits, fluoride treatment also has the following possible side effects:
- White specks on the teeth
- Staining and pitting
- Diminished bone integrity
If too much fluoride is used, there can also be acute toxicity, which can lead to the following:
- Excessive Sweating
Get Expert Advise
The best way to make a decision you can feel comfortable with is to visit your family dentist so everyone can receive a full examination. Each person’s oral health situation is completely different, so your local dentist can provide guidance as to what is best for each member of your family. This will allow you to make the most informed decision possible.
By taking the family in for a visit before the year ends, you can have any questions you may have answered, and you’ll also be maximizing your dental insurance before it renews at the first of the year. So reach out today to your dentist in Vienna to schedule a visit!
About the Author
After earning his dental degree in 1998, Dr. Hisham Barakat went on to receive over three years of advanced training from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He has since gone on to provide nearly two decades of expert care. Dr. Barakat is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and attained the status of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. He helps families enjoy the best in oral health at Vienna Smiles, and he can be reached for more information through his website.