Fluoride Therapy

Minimizing plaque is Fluoride

Last modified: October 12, 2011

Dr Luana O'Connor

Happy Dental Romania
and WhereismyDoctor.com Contributing Writer

Fluoride Therapy

Fluoride Therapy

The main cause of tooth decay is the build up of plaque around the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky, clear film which is produced by an acid producing bacteria. If you do not keep up a good daily oral health regime supplemented by regular visits to your dentist your teeth will be vulnerable to tooth decay or cavities.

By brushing your teeth twice per day and cleaning in between your teeth utilizing floss or another type of inter-dental cleaning implement this will help minimize and remove plaque build up. Regular dental exams and cleanings will also minimize and remove the excess build up of plaque which is one of the main causes of tooth decay.
A great tool for minimizing plaque is Fluoride Therapy which is a mineral that will help prevent tooth decay and will also help repair teeth in the early stages of decay.

There are several ways fluoride can be delivered:

Topical Fluoride

These are applied directly to the tooth itself via different delivery systems such as fluoride enriched toothpastes, fluoride enhanced mouthwashes and by having fluoride treatments at your dentists office.

Systemic Fluoride

These are delivered to you by swallowing and examples of this is where you have fluoridated water supplies and by taking fluoride supplements.

The best way to achieve fluoride intake is to avail yourself of both topically and systemically which will enable you to have better oral health. Dentists can provide in-office fluoride treatments and have done so for many years usually for children and adults that are at risk of developing tooth decay due to poor oral health management.

Patients at risk of tooth decay are those with:

 - Poor oral health habits
 - Tooth decay present
 - Eating problems
 - Drug or alcohol problems
 - Poor dental care attendance
 - High levels of tooth decay bacteria present in the mouth
 - Dry mouth problems
 - Poor diet

Are you or is a family member of yours at moderate or high risk of developing tooth decay? This is where a professional Fluoride Therapy can be of benefit. The fluoride used in a dental office will be of a much higher concentration in comparison to those found in over the counter toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Fluoride Therapy Process

A professional fluoride treatment by your dentist will take about 10 minutes to be completed. The fluoride will be delivered to your mouth via one of several ways, a liquid solution, a gel, foam or a varnish which will be applied directly to your teeth. The solution will placed in a foam tray which will be held against the teeth for several minutes.

Once the Fluoride Therapy is completed the dentist will request that you do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to enable the fluoride to be absorbed by the teeth. This will also enable the fluoride to repair any microscopic teeth decay almost immediately.

Fluoride Therapy is worth doing once every 12 months if you have good oral health skills and maintenance. Should you have less developed oral health skills fluoride treatments should be considered on a 3 monthly or 6 monthly basis till your oral health is improved and your oral health skills are more developed.

There are also other preventative methods your dentist may suggest which might include over the counter or prescription therapy products such as enhanced fluoride mouth rinses or even antibacterial mouth rinses.

If you are worried about your oral health make sure you see your dentist soon to schedule your Fluoride Therapy. Listen to your dentist as they have your oral health close to their hearts.

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