Good Oral Hygiene

is maintained by brushing teeth twice a day and flossing regularly in order to remove plaque. Plaque is a clear, sticky film which attaches to the tooth surfaces and produces bacteria growth. Without the good maintenance of daily oral hygiene, regular dental cleanings, and checkups – tooth becomes susceptible to caries.

Another way to save good oral health is fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral, which prevents the teeth from tooth decay. You can get fluoride in two forms: systemic and topical.

Systemic Fluoride

It is a fluoride which is swallowed. It includes dietary fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. The maximum result in fighting against tooth decay is reached by using both systemic and topical fluoride treatments.

Professional Fluoride Treatment

If you or your child has moderate or high risk to develop tooth decay, a professional treatment with fluoride can really help. Professional treatment at dental office contains a higher percentage of fluoride concentration, compared with mouth rinses or toothpaste. In these cases, fluoride is applied directly to the enamel surface. The procedure usually takes just a few minutes. It can be applied in different consistency materials, such as gel, varnish, solution or foam. The material is being applied with brush or cotton swab. Also, it can be applied to a tray, which is rinsed with fluoride and placed to the mouth for several minutes. Afterward the treatment you might not be able to drink, eat or rinse for at least 30 minutes. In that way, the fluoride will be absorbed by the tooth and repair microscopic decayed areas.

Depending on your case, fluoride treatments might be suggested every 3, 6 or 12 months. You might also need additional preventive procedures if you have a moderate or high risk of developing tooth decay. That may include fluoride containing toothpaste, gels, and mouth rinses.

If you are interested in fluoride treatments for you or your child, feel free to contact us at Orange County Pediatric Dental Group and save your teeth from developing tooth decay: (714) 972-1359.