Topical Fluoride Treatment in Whittier
Topical Fluoride Treatment is recommended twice a year for children and adults after a cleaning to protect the enamel of your teeth to keep them strong and healthy.
What are the benefits of fluoride treatment?
- Strengthens teeth and reduces your risk of cavities.
- Slows down the process of demineralization.
- Remineralizes your tooth enamel.
- Reverses early tooth decay.
- Prevents growth of cavity-causing bacteria.
Acids from food and those created by bacteria when you eat food containing sugar can erode the enamel and cause cavities (dental caries). According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth, making them more decay resistant. Fluoride slows the progress of tooth decay by re-mineralizing the enamel. A high-concentration fluoride treatment is applied to the surfaces of the teeth by dental care professionals. It is the recommended preventative treatment for children and adults at risk for dental cavities. It is recommended twice a year for children and adults after a cleaning for sustained benefit.
Post-Operative Instructions & Home Care
Topical fluoride treatment is recommended treatment for children and adult at risk for dental cavities. Fluoride slows the progress of tooth decay by re-mineralizing the enamel. Acids from food and those created by bacteria when you eat food with sugar can erode the enamel and cause cavities. It is recommended twice a year for children and adult after a cleaning.
Fluoride treatment places a protective coating to the tooth surfaces. To obtain the maximum benefit:
- avoid hot drinks, hard food, alcohol (including mouthwash) for 6 hours.
- Do not brush or floss for at least 4-6 hours.
- Feed a soft food diet for the rest of today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Topical Fluoride varnish enters the enamel of your teeth to re-mineralize and strengthen the teeth. Topical Fluoride varnish slows down, stops, and reverses early caries from damaging your enamel.
Topical fluoride varnish cost about $20 to $50.
Topical fluoride varnish can only be purchased with a pharmacy prescription from the dentist. Topical fluoride varnish should be properly applied by a dental professional after a dental cleaning to ensure your teeth are well protected.
Topical Fluoride varnish continues to protect your teeth for several months after its application. Topical fluoride varnish should be reapplied every three to six months at your next dental cleaning.
Application of topical fluoride varnish on teeth does not hurt. A brush is used to lightly paint a coat of high concentration of fluoride onto your teeth to strengthen them.
It is safe to swallow topical fluoride varnish.
After application of topical fluoride varnish, it is recommended that you do not eat or drink hot beverages for 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to absorb into your enamel and protect your teeth.
After 30 minutes, you can eat, drink, and brush your teeth as usual.
Topical fluoride varnish protects and strengthens your teeth, but it does not whiten your teeth.