The importance of fluoride in improving dental enamel has been shown by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the AMA (American Medical Association), and other professional medical groups. Cities that put fluoride in their drinking water have fewer problems with tooth decay and cavities. A mineral found in some food and the earth's crust, fluoride builds up teeth and bones. Fluoride treatments at Market Common Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC may help younger patients who have growing teeth and older patients with decaying enamels to improve their dental health. Get more information about fluoride treatments at your appointment with Dr. James Mills.
Professional fluoride treatments may be administered to all patients, although it's usually given to children who still have growing teeth or who have not developed a proper home oral care routine. Dr. Mills also suggests professional fluoride treatments for older patients who do not have fluoride in their drinking water or if they are susceptible to tooth decay. Market Common Dentistry uses different formulas of fluoride if you have special concerns, like neutral sodium fluoride for those with a dry mouth or acidulated phosphate fluoride for those with restorations (bridges, crowns, and dentures). We also offer a choice of flavors to make treatments easier for all patients.
What to Expect
Professional fluoride treatments are usually completed twice a year following your cleaning. As soon as you select your flavor, the hygienist will begin to prepare your fluoride treatment as a gel, foam, or varnish. The treatment will be kept on your teeth for up to five minutes so the fluoride can sink into your enamel, then it can be removed. A suction tool may be used to help remove any excess fluoride after the procedure since you may not rinse out your mouth, drink, or eat for at least half an hour after.
Nausea and vomiting may take place if you consume any fluoride; however, this will usually subside about a day after your treatment. In certain patients, Dr. Mills may give you fluoride tablets to use between treatments. Since it is toxic in large doses, you need to be cautious and prevent children from getting supplements. Although these professional treatments strengthen the teeth, you need to have a regular oral care routine at home by using a toothpaste with fluoride and flossing. You also need to attend scheduled exams and cleanings at Market Common Dentistry so Dr. Mills can continue to assess the need for professional fluoride treatments.
Plan Your Procedure
Help make sure your family has healthy, strong smiles with fluoride treatments at Market Common Dentistry. Dr. Mills offers professional fluoride treatments for children with growing teeth and older patients who are looking to minimize future problems. Contact our team in Myrtle Beach, SC to schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam, plus a fluoride treatment.