Topical Fluoride Treatments in Billings
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that strengthens teeth, protecting
them from decay. The government adds fluoride to public drinking water
to give the population a boost to their dental health, but the trace amounts
of fluoride received through this method is not always enough to achieve
the desired results. This is why our dental team offers topical fluoride
treatment. This is a more direct means of obtaining fluoride to build
stronger teeth and gums.
Does it Really Work?
You’ve probably been consuming fluoride for years and didn’t
even know it. Some people become concerned when they learn they’ve
been taking fluoride without realizing, but aside from rare cases of discoloration
caused by excessive fluoride exposure, there are no drawbacks to fluoride
use and the benefit to teeth is invaluable.
Montana has had an interesting history with fluoride use. When certain
communities discovered fluoride was being put in their water, they petitioned
to have it removed—they were upset it was being added to the water
and false rumors about fluoride began circulating. As a result, tooth
decay, cavities, and gum disease became much more rampant problems in
some areas. Dentists across the nation agree that systemic fluoride in
the drinking water is a major benefit for the community.
Topical Fluoride Treatment
Topical fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office is quick and easy.
The dentist will apply the fluoride as a gel or foam to the teeth, let
it sit a few minutes, and then rinse it off. You will need to abstain
from eating or drinking for thirty minutes so your teeth can absorb the
fluoride. Most people do not need fluoride treatments very often, but
people who are prone to tooth decay may need them every 6 to 12 months.
For more on fluoride treatment in Billings, call Brewer Dental Center today
at call (406) 412-6365.