Fluoride is a mineral found in all-natural sources of water. Fluoride helps protect tooth enamel from the acid and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Fluoride also helps repair weakened enamel before cavities can form. There is a continuous cycle of demineralization and remineralization of tooth enamel on all tooth surfaces. Tooth decay is an infectious, transmissible disease caused by bacteria on the teeth which produce acid that dissolves enamel, thus creating more demineralization. Failing to remove the acid-producing bacteria can result in the destruction of tooth structure which can eventually work its way inside of the tooth to the soft pulp tissue resulting in tooth pain. The fluoride acts to slow demineralization while also increasing remineralization. That’s why Dr. Z and her professional staff at SS Dental, recommend 2 exams and cleanings every year for her patients aged 3 and up.
Fluoride varnish provides a highly concentrated, temporary dose of fluoride directly to the tooth surface. The varnish holds the fluoride close to the tooth surface for a longer time than other concentrated fluoride rinses or foams. Unlike the low-dose fluorides available in stores, like fluoride toothpaste or floridated rinses, the highly concentrated fluoride varnish provides more protection for a longer period of time and must be applied by a dental professional. Taking the time to prevent tooth decay from starting is less costly than having to repair the damage done by tooth decay.
Fluoride varnish is a professional strength application of fluoride provided by Dr. Z and her skilled staff of dental hygienists. Fluoride varnish is usually applied right after a dental cleaning. It is a fast and easy way to provide protection for your teeth. The varnish is a clear liquid that is applied to your teeth and exposed roots with a small brush. You may feel a thin coating on your teeth right after the varnish is applied. The feeling is a temporary condition and should be left undisturbed to provide the greatest therapeutic results for your teeth. Dr. Z recommends that you not brush or floss your teeth for at least 4 hours after the fluoride varnish treatment.
The fluoride varnish treatment performed at SS Dental is expected to last at least 3 months depending on your oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that professional fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office are necessary every 3, 6, or 12 months depending on the oral health of the patient. Contact SS Dental to schedule your regular cleaning and exam with Dr. Zohar and her friendly staff of hygienists today. Be sure to ask about the benefits of a fluoride varnish treatment.