At Dental Home, we strongly encourage our patients to maintain a regular dental exam, and cleaning, to keep their teeth healthy. Fluoride treatments performed in our dental office, located in North Charleston, SC, can provide that extra protection for your teeth.
Professional Fluoride Treatments
If you are at a moderate-to-high risk of developing cavities, a professional fluoride treatment in our office at Dental Home can help. The fluoride preparation used by the dentist is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpaste or fluoride mouth rinses that are available in a store. Professional fluoride treatments take just a few minutes. The fluoride could be a solution, gel, foam or varnish. It can be applied with a cotton swab or brush. Or it can be used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. After the treatment, it is recommended you not rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes. This will allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months.
Fluoride Treatments for Children
At Dental Home, once your child has a tooth, we highly recommended they receive a fluoride treatment in our dental office to help prevent tooth decay. This can be done 2 to 4 times per year. Some pediatricians are trained to apply fluoride in their office because many young children do not see a dentist but if your child is already under a dentist’s care, fluoride may be applied in the office. The number of treatments will depend on how often your child gets a cavity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants receive oral health risk assessments by 6 months of age.
If it’s been a while since you, or your child, have had a fluoride treatment, call Dental Home in North Charleston at (843) 584-7111 for an appointment.