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Fluoride Treatment

Dentist in Warren, NJ

Fluoride Treatment

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Over 50 percent of 5 to 9 year old children have at least one cavity or filling,  with that proportion increasing to 78 percent among 17-year-olds.  Additionally, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to  dental-related illness.

As an added  level of protection against dental decay, it is recommended that  children receive periodic fluoride treatments as part of a program of preventive dental care.  Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to prevent  cavities by making the hard outer enamel of the teeth more resistant to  the acids produced by the harmful sugar processing bacteria in dental  plaque. It can also help to remineralize the teeth to reverse incipient  decay.

During a periodic checkup visit, the dentist may recommend the application of a topical fluoride  to help strengthen and protect both a child’s baby teeth and the  permanent ones. Topical fluorides can be applied as a foam, gel or  varnish. Whatever type is selected, the procedure is quick and painless.  Once the teeth are cleaned, the fluoride is simply painted on the  surfaces of the teeth or placed in a small tray to sit over the teeth  for a brief period of time. Some types of fluoride treatment require no  eating or drinking for half an hour as the fluoride is absorbed into the  surface of the teeth. The dentist and dental hygienist will provide  specific and detailed instructions as needed.

Fluoride treatment may also be indicated in adults who are at a higher risk for developing tooth decay.

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