What is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and also fights the bacteria that harms teeth and gums.
Why do I need treatment?
Fluoride works by restoring minerals such as calcium and phosphate to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It inhibits or even reverses the development of cavities by harming bacteria that causes it. Fluoride benefits both children and adults. The earlier children are exposed to fluoride, the less likely they are to develop cavities. Fluoride treatment prevents gum disease and prevents the premature loss of teeth.
What does the treatment involve?
Our dentists provide professional fluoride treatment containing a high concentration of fluoride, in the form of rinse, gel or varnish that is applied to patient’s teeth with a swab or brush.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes a few minutes only.
What to expect after the procedure?
The procedure is generally safe. It is advisable for patient not to eat or drink during the first 30 minutes to an hour after treatment, so that the fluoride can fully absorb.
What does fluoride for children involves?
If a child is under 3 years old, they should only brush their teeth under close supervision. Apply only a thin layer of fluoride toothpaste to their toothbrush and the toothpaste should cover no more than a smear or rice-sized amount. For children aged 3–6, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Always supervise a child’s brushing to ensure they use the right amount of toothpaste and try to get them to spit out most of it, if they can.