Why Fluoride Treatments are Worth It

What Are Fluoride Treatments?

Fluoride treatments involve the application of a concentrated fluoride solution to the teeth. It is a mineral that has proven benefits for dental health, especially in preventing tooth decay and cavities.

During a fluoride treatment, our dentist may use a gel, foam or varnish containing a higher concentration of fluoride than what is generally found in toothpaste or tap water. The application is quick and straightforward, often just taking only a few minutes.

Fluoride after a scale and clean isn’t just for kids. There are several advantages that a fluoride treatment has for older, adult patients as well.

Here are just a few:

Combat Tooth Sensitivity

Have you noticed your teeth being more sensitive to things lately? Perhaps changes in temperature, a new toothpaste, your favourite drink, or after whitening them?

Sensitivity doesn’t always cause immediate alarm. It’s a common symptom of how the tooth is responding to outside stimuli, or when the gums are beginning to slightly recede.

Applying fluoride can act as a desensitising treatment for up to 3-4 months, minimising the discomfort that you experience between dental visits.


Remineralise Early Signs of Decay

Although it’s not possible to “heal” a cavity and get the tooth to grow back, it is possible to intercept it in its very earliest stages and strengthen the enamel back so that a physical hole does not develop in the tooth.

Early stages of cavities are typically demineralised surfaces, which might appear white or chalky compared to the enamel around them. During your exam, our Wantirna dentist will check for demineralization in at-risk areas (such as along the gums or around orthodontic appliances) to see if there are any beginning to pop up. If they are, using fluoride and adjusting your home care routine can prevent them from getting worse.


Reduce Your Cavity Risk

No one ever ages out of getting cavities. If you have a few older fillings or experience cavities every now and then, it can benefit your smile to have a professional fluoride treatment every six months. This simple step is extremely effective at reducing your risk of developing new cavities.

Targeted Defense Where Needed

Some areas might be more prone to decay than others. Fluoride treatments allow for a precise and targeted application, focusing on specific areas that may be more vulnerable. It ensures that every nook and cranny receives the protection it needs.

Cost-Effective Prevention

Not only is prevention better than cure, but it’s also more cost-effective. Compared to the expense that comes with treating advanced tooth decay, root canals, or extractions, fluoride treatments are a budget-friendly way to safeguard your oral health.

Visit Studfield Dental Group in Wantirna to learn more about our professional fluoride treatments.