Fluoride Treatments in Sterling Heights, MI
Extra Protection for Your Smile
Fluoride is a natural element that’s proven to be effective in minimizing tooth decay and oral disease. These treatments work to remineralize your tooth’s enamel that has been broken down by the buildup of plaque over time. Fluoride is especially effective if you’re at high risk for developing cavities.
To learn more about fluoride treatments at Sterling Heights Dentistry and how they can help protect your smile, we’ve created the helpful guide below.
Two Types of Fluoride
Topical fluoride strengthens your teeth once they’ve erupted from your gums. This type of fluoride reinforces the enamel, making it more resistant to decay. You’ll find topical fluoride in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.
We recommend that children have a professional fluoride application twice a year during their regular dental checkups.
Systemic fluoride strengthens both teeth that have erupted as well as those still developing beneath the gums. This type of fluoride is available in many community water supplies. You can also buy fluoride drops for infants and fluoride tablets for children to use through their teen years.
Your Professional Fluoride Treatment
At Sterling Heights Dentistry, Dr. Hindi and our talented team provide professional fluoride treatments in the form of a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish. We’ll apply your treatment using swabs, brushes, trays, or mouthwash.
These professional treatments have much more fluoride than what’s in your toothpaste or water. They only take a few minutes to apply at your dental checkup. You’ll want to avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes after the treatment so the minerals can be fully absorbed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, fluoride treatments are very safe as long as they’re administered properly. Our dental team at Sterling Heights Dentistry is highly trained and will ensure that any fluoride provided to you or your child is safe. Fluoride is also available in toothpaste and mouthwash for at-home use, which we encourage.
Yes, fluoride can stain teeth if too much is given to a child — this is called fluorosis. The growing adult teeth can develop with pale spots on them. These stains are permanent and can’t be corrected with teeth whitening, though other cosmetic treatments such as dental veneers can improve the appearance of the affected teeth.
Healthy Smiles for Years to Come
Using fluoride can be beneficial for the health of your smile. But fluoride alone can’t protect you from tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to pair your fluoride treatment with professional checkups and regular at-home oral care.
To learn more about fluoride treatments at our Sterling Heights office, get in touch by calling (586) 939-5151. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form, and we’ll get back to you right away.