Fluoride is a beneficial mineral for teeth. It can strengthen them and stop decay. Toothpaste companies now supplement their products with fluoride. At Willow Wood Dental in Livonia, MI, we have more than enough experience in fluoride treatments. Patients looking to get a fluoride treatment in Livonia, MI can rely on us.
These procedures are simple and only require one visit. We know that taking the time to visit the dentist’s office isn’t easy for many. That’s why we want to reassure our patients that fluoride treatments take less than an hour.
At Willow Wood Dental, we believe everyone can get fluoride treatments. They’re more important for children because their teeth are still developing. Children are also less likely to take good care of their dental hygiene or understand its importance. We also provide fluoride treatments for adults regularly.
People ask us about the difference between fluoride in toothpaste and fluoride treatments. Fluoride in toothpaste is beneficial but is present in small concentrations. The amount of fluoride in treatments is much higher and is more effective at putting an end to decay. It will also strengthen the patient’s teeth. These procedures are recommended for children because they will increase their chance of having healthy teeth as adults.
Fluoride treatments are easy to do. We’ll calculate the recommended dose of fluoride then apply it to the patient’s teeth. Fluoride can be applied using a brush or via little cups that are placed over teeth. After a certain amount of time, we’ll remove the fluoride and you can go home. Nothing else needs to be done.
Our only recommendation is that patients abstain from eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes after the treatment. This should give the teeth enough time to absorb the fluoride and achieve the maximum benefit. There are no other precautions. You and all of your family members can receive fluoride treatments. Patients should understand that these treatments can’t treat dental problems like cavities, and they shouldn’t be confused with other procedures like teeth whitening or dental sealants.