How fluoride varnish can strengthen and protect the teeth
Fluoride is a natural element found to strengthen and protect natural tooth enamel. Fluoride is added to various oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes. That is because it is beneficial for both children and adults. In addition to receiving fluoride through drinking water and oral care products, patients may also request that their dentist use a fluoride varnish for adults and children. It is a fluoride treatment for tooth decay, strengthening natural tooth enamel and making it less susceptible to cavities. Fluoride treatments such as this can be used for both children and adults.
What happens during a fluoride treatment?
First, Dr. Sima Chegini of Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Fairlawn, Ohio, may speak to a patient about the advantages of a fluoride varnish along with fluoride products they use at home. The varnish is done in just a few minutes in the dental practice. This SDF cavity treatment is a topical product that the dentist will paint onto all visible sides of the teeth above the gum line. It hardens with contact with saliva, allowing it to be absorbed into the dental enamel and strengthen the natural tooth. After applying fluoride, you do not have to wait to eat or drink. However, we recommend that patients stay away from crunchy, hard foods for the remainder of the day.
How often do I need fluoride varnish treatments?
The number of times fluoride is applied to your teeth will vary depending on your oral health needs. Most patients will have fluoride treatment done at each cleaning and recall appointment, while others may need treatments less. Your dentist can recommend during an evaluation to help patients decide when to have them done.
Are you ready to learn more about fluoride treatment in Fairlawn, Ohio?
Call the Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team in Fairlawn today to request a visit with Dr. Sima Chegini and her team. The office is located at 2640 West Market Street, Suite #302, and can be reached by phone at (330) 593-2500. We are open to new and returning patients and families seeking the best dental care in their communities.