There are some sources that claim fluoride is harmful for your teeth, so you may be wondering why dental offices, including Ballston Dental Care, offer fluoride treatments as part of our preventive care services for patients. Let’s take a look at what fluoride treatments are and if they’re safe for you.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral (more specifically, it’s the iodized version of the mineral fluorine, which is naturally found in soil, rocks, water, and air). Fluoride is a natural plaque repellant and is often added to toothpastes and mouthwash to fortify your teeth against decay. It’s also often added to tap water in the U.S. for the same reason.
Are Fluoride Treatments Safe?
A fluoride treatment helps seal in the benefits of a professional dental cleaning and offers up an additional layer of decay protection for your smile. The process only takes a couple of minutes too. During a fluoride treatment, your dentist will apply a concentrated fluoride solution to your teeth in the form of a varnish, rinse, foam, or gel, which quickly bonds to your teeth. The fluoride will then be absorbed into the crystalline mineral structure of your tooth enamel to strengthen it.
Like anything, fluoride is best in moderation. Though rare, excessive fluoride can cause white or brown spots on your teeth or issues with your bones. Your dentist can help you decide if having a fluoride treatment is a good option for you, taking into consideration the other sources of fluoride you may be exposing your teeth to on a daily basis.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
There are additional ways to prevent tooth decay, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
- Flossing every day
- Visiting your dentist twice a year
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco products
- Eating a balanced diet
- Drinking plenty of water
Preventive Dentistry in Arlington, VA
Apart from our preventive services for patients of all ages, we also offer cosmetic and restorative dental services. If you’re due for a dental appointment or have been dreaming of ways to enhance the look of your smile, please contact us today to schedule an appointment! Before your visit, take a look at our patient resources and our financial information to learn more about Ballston Dental Care. We look forward to your visit!