Most people associate the benefits of professional fluoride treatment with children’s dentistry. While it’s true that this preventive therapy is a great way to help protect the smiles of children’s teeth against cavities, it’s an excellent choice for adults too.
When used in adult dentistry, fluoride treatment not only protects the surface of the teeth from the perils of dental decay, but it’s a benefit when early signs of gum recession are detected. This way, the roots of teeth are protected from harmful bacteria.
If you’re an adult and you’ve started to notice that your gums bleed when you brush and floss, that’s one of the first signs that you should make an appointment for an exam to determine the cause of the bleeding. Some common contributors include poor oral hygiene, lack of professional dental care, and receding gum tissue.
Our dentists can apply a fluoride treatment to the enamel and base of your teeth (near your roots) in a pain-free and quick procedure. We always recommend that you choose professional treatment instead of purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) products or supplements since misuse or over-use of OTC products can cause white specks on adult teeth, pitting or staining of teeth, and changes in bone homeostasis. Also, over-use can cause nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue, and in some cases, even death.
Several materials can be used in professional fluoride treatment. These include gels, pastes, foams, and concentrated rinses, to name a few. When you visit us for your treatment, our dentists will examine your teeth and gums to determine which material best suits you. Depending on which is chosen, our dentists will gently apply the fluoride with a brush, swab, tray, or rinse in a pain-free and quick treatment protocol.
Afterward, you can resume your normal activities with the limitation of avoiding eating and drinking for about 30-minutes. Once that time has passed, you’ll have the added peace of mind knowing that you’ve taken the right step to protect against cavities and bacterial damage to exposed roots of teeth.