There’s no denying that fluoride treatments are the best part of a dental visit. At ABC Dental, we have a smorgasbord of flavors to choose from ranging from classic bubblegum to refreshing mint, citrus and fruit. As Oklahoma City, OK’s leading dental office, we take pride in offering the best in care—but have delicious fun in the process.
As a parent, you may have heard conflicting things about fluoride (particularly in the water). However, fluoride rinses bypass this controversy no matter which side of the fence you’re on. It’s a rinse, which means it’s not ingested. It merely sits on the teeth to provide an extra layer of protection for growing teeth. As a topical treatment, it can help stop tooth decay and cavities.
Options for Fluoride
In-office treatments can consist of a gel, varnish, toothpaste or classic mouth rinse. According to the US Center for Disease Control, fluoride in water ranks among the “ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.” It’s clear why fluoride treatment is hailed as nearly a miracle, considering how fond kids can be of sugar (which leads to decay) and their lack of oral hygiene when they can get away with it. But how exactly does fluoride work?
Fluoride causes “fluorapatite,” which basically means the enamel of the tooth is re-mineralized. This leads to less ions, which are a driving force behind the de-mineralization of enamel. While fluoride can’t actually prevent cavities itself, it does manage the rate at which cavities develop. With regular fluoride treatments, trouble spots can be headed off before they turn into full-blown cavities.
The best approach is to marry a fluoride rinse at home with regular fluoride varnishes in-office. It’s kind of like the way you need to brush your teeth daily but also get a more in-depth teeth cleaning a couple of times each year. Simply put, your dentist has better equipment, techniques and tools for fluoride than you could get at home.