You’re preparing for your regular checkup and cleaning, and you find out the dentist will be recommending a fluoride treatment to be directly applied to your teeth. So perhaps you’re wondering why this extra step is being added to your treatment.
Although you may be brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and rinsing with a mouthwash that includes fluoride each day, the dentists at Imagine Smile Design recommend having this vital mineral applied topically during your visit. And that goes for children and adults, even if your drinking water at home contains fluoride. That’s because the fluoride used by your dentist is applied at professional strength directly onto your teeth and exposed roots, providing an even stronger level of protection.
So, what is fluoride, and why is it so crucial to oral health? This naturally occurring mineral helps our teeth fight off unhealthy acids caused by bacteria, and also strengthens the hard outer surface of our teeth known as the enamel against tooth decay. Toothpaste containing fluoride has played a major role in reducing cavities in the general population since 1960. Fluoride has been added to many public water supplies for the same reason. Despite these advances, tooth decay remains an all-to-common problem among children and teenagers, damaging not only baby teeth but permanent ones as well.
The topical fluoride applied quickly and painlessly by our dentists comes in a variety of forms, including gels, varnishes and foams that go directly onto our patients’ teeth following routine cleanings. These provide an additional layer of protection against cavities for patients of all ages, and particularly those at risk for tooth decay.
The dentists at Imagine Smile Design use the most up-to-date treatments to help safeguard our patients’ oral health. We want your smile to stay healthy and radiant for years to come. Please contact our office today for an appointment.
By Imagine Smile Design
November 1, 2021
Dr. Geen is a very talented dentist who takes pride in her work. I am so happy we have finally found a NYC dentist we like
I am so impressed with your kindness, hospitality and talent. The world would be a better place if all doctors were this way. I have waited 35 years to fix my teeth. Words cannot express how happy I am with renewed confidence to SMILE! Thank you
Sparkling clean office with all the latest technology bells and whistles. Very nice and knowledgeable staff. Added bonus: they have a great lip balm (not Vaseline) to protect lips during any work or cleaning.