Brushing and flossing are the basic steps to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, along with keeping regular dental visits for routine cleanings and exams. It is also important to ensure that you are getting enough fluoride to strengthen the teeth and lower your risk of developing cavities. You can find this treatment at Dental Impressions to give your oral health a boost in Chicago.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that, when absorbed into the teeth, helps to strengthen tooth enamel. Stronger enamel will result in better resistance against cavities. Fluoride can be found in everyday foods such as potatoes, shellfish, and grapes, as well as drinks such as tea and coffee. Additionally, most major cities now fluoridate public sources of water. For individuals who are not able to get a sufficient amount of fluoride from these sources, fluoride can be applied directly onto the teeth with a professional fluoride treatment.
Both children and adults can benefit from a fluoride treatment, but it is more often recommended for children with a high risk of cavities. It has been found that the earlier children are exposed to fluoride, the less likely they are to develop cavities.
A fluoride treatment is a quick and simple procedure that can be completed in one visit to Dental Impressions. You will first have your teeth cleaned before the fluoride is applied. The fluoride itself comes in a highly concentrated form as either a rinse, foam, gel, or varnish. It is applied to the teeth with a swab, brush, tray, or mouthwash. Once the treatment has been completed, you will be advised not to eat, drink, or rinse for about 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to absorb into the teeth fully.
You will still need to use toothpaste and maintain a normal oral hygiene routine after the fluoride has been applied to your teeth. It is important to keep in mind that the treatment does not make your teeth invulnerable to damage or decay.
For an extra boost in the health of your teeth, talk to your dentist at Dental Impressions about receiving a fluoride treatment in Chicago.