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Dr. Rishi Bafna
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Using Fluoride to Protect Your Teeth

Fluoride: You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and visit the dentist every six months, but did you know that rinsing with fluoride — a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay — also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong? If you’re a big soda drinker, your smile is in grave danger. With the crazy amounts of sugar and acidic substances in the beverages you drink, you tooth enamel weakens and it allows tooth decay to form. Even though cavities are one of the most common dental problems, they need to be avoided at all costs. So, to help you protect your smile from tooth decay, we recommend doing the following things: · Substitute soda with healthier drinks: Instead of soda, drink sugar-free drinks, milk, and 100 percent fruit juice throughout the day. Doing so will help you lessen your chances of ruining your smile. · Rinse your mouth with water: It’s important that you rinse your smile with water after you drink soda. Doing so will rinse your teeth and will eliminate some of the sugars and acids that cling to your smile. · Properly clean your smile: Oral hygiene is vital, especially if you are a soda drinker. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend that you floss once a day as well as rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily. . Professional Fluoride : A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse. It comes in Sytemic & topical form: Unlike over-the-counter toothpastes and mouth rinses, a professional treatment provides a much stronger concentration of fluoride. Also, as opposed to dental sealants that cover the chewing surfaces of the teeth, professional fluoride treatments fortify the entire tooth surface. The treatment generally takes just a few minutes, and is typically administered in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish. It will be applied either by placing it into a mouth guard, or applying it directly to the teeth with a swab or brush.   It is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.It has long been known as one of the key components to good oral health and the prevention of caries in both children and adults. It is a naturally occurring mineral that makes tooth enamel more resistant to acid-producing bacteria that cause dental caries—while also repairing teeth in the very early, microscopic stages

Am I a Good Candidate?

Professional treatments benefit patients of all ages. Existing tooth decay is virtually the only factor that might preclude a patient from undergoing a fluoride treatment, but once the decay has been treated, it can help protect the tooth from future decay. The treatment can be especially beneficial for young children and teenagers. Due to the consumption of sugars or improper oral hygiene habits, children can be more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride can help strengthen developing teeth, setting the stage for a lifetime of oral health. The prevention of decay can save you money and time, and reduce the risk of needing extensive treatment in the future. In short, it is an excellent investment.

Who Should Have Professional Fluoride Treatments?

Patients who are at risk of developing decay should seriously consider having it. Risk factors for decay include:

How to choose the right fluoride treatment

When choosing your own at-home product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth and smile bright.

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