Topical Fluoride for Oral Health: How and When To Use It
Posted on 9/19/2022 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in water and many foods. It is beneficial to teeth because it helps prevent tooth decay. There are two ways to get fluoride into your teeth-systemically and topically. Systemic fluoride is swallowed and absorbed by the body, while topical fluoride is brushed over your teeth. This blog will discuss when and how to use topical fluoride for oral health!
Benefits of Using Topical Fluoride
Topical fluoride is effective in reducing tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that produce acids. Acids will break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Fluoride helps to repair the enamel and prevent further damage. Topical fluoride is also effective in preventing gum disease. Gum disease is caused by inflammation of the gums. It can lead to bleeding, swelling, and eventually tooth loss. Fluoride helps to reduce inflammation and prevent further damage. It can help to remineralize teeth that acids have already damaged. In addition, topical fluoride can help reduce teeth' sensitivity and staining.
How To Use Topical Fluoride
Topical fluoride is usually in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish. It's applied to your teeth by your dentist at your regular checkup. They will put it on with a brush, swab, or mouthpiece tray. The type of fluoride used and how often you need it will depend on your age, how much fluoride is in your water, and your risk for cavities. If you have a higher risk for cavities, you may need to use a stronger fluoride gel at home. Your dentist can prescribe this for you. They will also show you how to apply it correctly.
When Should You Use Topical Fluoride?
If your dentist or healthcare professional has recommended that you use a fluoride supplement, they will likely have specific instructions on when to use it. In general, it is most effective to use topical fluoride after teeth have been cleaned professionally, when there is an increased risk for cavities, or when you have had a recent dental procedure such as tooth extractions. Call our dental clinic to make an appointment for a fluoride treatment today! We offer a free consultation for first-timers.