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WE NEVER SELL UNNECESSARY TREATMENT!

flourideDental fluoride treatment is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.  The benefits of oral fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by the American Dental Association as well as the American Medical Association.

Fluoride Treatment Works in two ways:

Topical fluoride:

Strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay.  We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.  Local dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups by a dentist in Grand Blanc.

Systemic fluoride:

Strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums.  We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies.  It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician.  Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years.  It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests.  If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

Dental Fluoride Treatments

Most people receive fluoride from their food and water, yet sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.  Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home fluoride treatments for any of the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  • Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
  • Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
  • Recent history of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay!  It is still important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, reduce sugar in your foods, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

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