What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth, natural water sources, and also in your teeth. Fluoride is commonly found in water supply and is often added to water to reduce tooth decay. Studies have shown that those who have grown up drinking naturally fluoridated water had fewer cavities than those who did not. At Clear Dental Studio in Broomfield, we offer fluoride treatment services among our wide selection of preventive dental offerings.

What Are the Benefits?

Fluoride prevents cavities by concentrating in developing teeth of children and helps harden the enamel of adult teeth against acid attack. It slows down the loss of minerals and re-mineralizes weakened tooth enamel. 

What Are the Different Types of Flouride Treatments?

Fluoride can be administered topically and systemically.

Topical Fluorides:

  • Fluoride varnish (most commonly applied)
  • Fluoride gel
  • Fluoride foam

Systemic Fluorides:

  • Community water
  • Fluoride supplements

Fluoride is also found, and can be applied topically, in toothpastes, mouth rinses and gels.

Who Can Get Fluoride? How Many Times a Year Is It Recommended?

Fluoride is recommended for caries prevention for both adults and children. Generally, fluoride varnishes can be done 2 to 4 times a year. Fluoride varnish is most commonly placed at your bi-yearly cleaning appointments. Please consult your dentist and/or hygienist for strengths and recommendations.

Does Applying Fluoride Varnishes Have Any Side Effects?

Fluoride varnish is safe and because it is painted onto the teeth only a small amount is used. Most of the danger associated with fluoride comes from high concentrations of ingestion. In cases where large doses of fluoride are consumed side effects such as dental fluorosis have appeared. Over consumption or swallowing of fluoride may cause upset stomachs.

Schedule Your Preventive Dentistry Appointment with Clear Dental Studio in Broomfield, CO Today!

If you live in the Broomfield area and are in need of a dental evaluation, cleaning, assessment or any other dental services, turn to Clear Dental Studio. Dr. Martha Ha and her team of dental specialists are known for performing exceptional dental work for the residents of Broomfield and beyond and can do the same for you! Whether you need cosmetic, restorative, preventive, or surgery-oriented dental services, the choice is Clear. Call now or book online to schedule an appointment at our office in Broomfield.

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