Andrew Goldenberg, D.D.S. wants to ensure that each and every one of his patients are getting the absolute best treatment possible to handle dental problems they are dealing with and prevent dental problems that may occur in the future. This is why he does his very best to ensure to use only the best practices that are beneficial to all patients who visit his dentistry practice, such as fluoride.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a substance that is extremely useful in preventing tooth decay. Dentists make use of fluoride in order to reduce their patient’s risk of developing cavities or dealing with other problems that come along or develop over time as a result of tooth decay.
While fluoride is present in mouth rinses and toothpastes used by patients at home, the fluoride treatment that dentists provide their patients with is a much higher concentration of fluoride that what is found from those other sources of fluoride. This treatment can be applied to a patient’s teeth as a varnish, foam or gel. The teeth are typically exposed to the fluoride treatment for a couple of minutes, and this is usually done during the time of a dental cleaning treatment. If a patient has a particularly high risk of developing cavities, they may be prescribed a gel or toothpaste with increased fluoride levels to use at home on a daily basis.
Fluoride has many benefits for patients to reap the advantages of. Aside from preventing tooth decay, fluoride is also capable of revering erosion that has already occurred on the teeth. If plaque formation on the teeth resulted in it eating away at a patient’s teeth’s enamel, then fluoride treatments have the ability to replace the minerals once possessed by the enamel that have now eroded away. This gives teeth a much better chance at getting and staying healthy.
Who Needs Fluoride Treatments?
If you are wondering if you could benefit from a fluoride treatment, then the answer is yes! Everyone can prevent from a fluoride treatment, as its purpose is not merely to treat dental issues, but also to prevent them. As they always say, prevention is better than cure!
Dr. Goldenberg strongly recommends children under six years of age to undergo fluoride treatments in particular. While these children do not yet have a full mouth of permanent teeth, fluoride treatments are the best method of prevention for build up of bacteria around the gums, gingivitis prevention, and give them a good start for a life of excellent dental health.
Aside from young people, fluoride treatments also have an increased importance for those with braces in order to prevent the build up of bacteria, or those who are undergoing cancer treatment in the form of radiation in the neck or head, as this can reduce the amount of saliva you are producing. Less saliva in your mouth can make you more susceptible to tooth decay.
However, even if you don’t fall under any of these categories, you can still benefit from all the advantages that fluoride has to offer. Let Dr. Goldenberg help you to maintain your optimal level of dental health!