Fluoride Treatments in Buffalo, NY
If you want your child’s smile to stay healthy, you may be wondering what you can do to help. There are various ways you can encourage them to maintain their oral health and one way is to bring them to the dentist regularly. There, they can receive these fluoride treatments to strengthen their teeth, ensuring that they stay protected. Here is how we do them.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in nature. Over the years, we have found that it strengthens the enamel on the surface of the teeth enabling your teeth to be stronger and better protected against corrosion and deterioration. Fluoride treatments replace the calcium ions in the enamel and thus hardens the enamel crystal. These treatments are important, especially as children’s permanent teeth develop.
At Teach Dental Group, we also use these fluoride treatments in adults because, as people age, their gums recede and expose the roots of the teeth. Root surfaces are not covered by enamel and they decay at a much faster pace, and the fluoride also strengthens that part of the tooth structure helping minimize and slow decay. Fluoride also reduces hypersensitivity, and with receding gums exposing root surfaces, fluoride will help to diminish that sensitivity that the patient experiences.
Fluoride is available in many different ways. Our office uses both fluoride varnishes and foam, the latter of which is placed in a tray that the patient briefly wears following a tooth cleaning. We also offer take-home, prescription toothpastes for when children have braces or when adults have a lot of decay.
This toothpaste also aids in staving off sensitivity from receding gums, gum surgery, and procedures that expose the root surfaces of the teeth. We strongly recommend that children receive treatments, as the treatments strengthen the enamel and make the teeth more resistant to decay.
Are you interested in seeing if your children would benefit from receiving fluoride treatments? Maybe you’re an adult looking to strengthen and protect your teeth? Either way, we can help. Please call our West Seneca dental office to set up an appointment with our dedicated Buffalo dentists to learn more.
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