At Shore Dental, our goal is to help our patients prevent cavities rather
than spend time in the dental chair having them repaired. Fortunately, we
have one of the biggest advances in cavity prevention in the last 100 years
at our disposal: fluoride. Along with using a fluoride toothpaste at home, a
professional fluoride treatment in North Port is an excellent way for people
of all ages to strengthen their enamel and prevent cavities. And the best
part is that it can be done in just minutes during a checkup and cleaning.
If you’d like a fluoride treatment for you or your child,
give us a call today!
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that’s found in water, soil,
plants, and animals. Your teeth and bones also contain small amounts of it,
along with other minerals like calcium and phosphorous.
It’s added to many municipal water supplies in very small amounts.
Ingesting fluoride in water provides different benefits than using it
topically. Primarily, it strengthens children’s teeth that
haven’t come in yet. Once the teeth “erupt,” they can only
benefit from topical exposure.
This is where professional treatments and products such as toothpastes and
mouthwashes come in. When used topically, fluoride prevents tooth decay by
making your enamel hard and tough as well as fighting cavity-causing
What Are the Benefits of a Fluoride Treatment?
First and foremost, the consistent use of fluoride greatly reduces cavities.
It’s so effective that many dental insurance companies cover
professional treatments 100% up until age 19, and some even cover it for all
ages. They know that the patients who get fluoride treatments need less
overall dental work than those who don’t.
Another benefit of fluoride is a reduction in tooth sensitivity. With
consistent use (through products at home and in-office treatments), anyone
who experiences pain from hot or cold exposure can get a lot of relief.
What Is the Treatment Like?
As a dentist in North Port, we offer different types of fluoride treatments,
depending on your age and needs, all of which are done after a dental
cleaning. One option that’s often used for children is biting down on
a tray filled with fluoride foam for 1-2 minutes. Then we advise waiting 30
minutes before eating, drinking, or rinsing to let the fluoride do its job.
Another option is “painting” a fluoride varnish on your teeth
that will harden and stay on for a minimum of 4 hours until you brush it
off. You’ll still be able to eat and drink, but we recommend avoiding
particularly crunchy or hot foods until the varnish has been removed.
Who Can Benefit From a Fluoride Treatment?
There’s a misconception that fluoride treatments are only for kids,
but they’re great for people of all ages who want to minimize their
risk of tooth decay. In particular, a professional treatment is perfect for
anyone with the following indications:
Dry mouth (which greatly increases the risk of cavities)
A high-carbohydrate diet
Radiation for head and neck cancer
History of extensive cavities
Difficulty brushing and flossing (e.g. arthritis in the hands, special
But, again, we encourage everyone who wants to be proactive about good oral
health to get a fast, effective fluoride treatment. Your smile will thank