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Fluoride Treatment

Most often fluoride and its use in dental treatments is associated with children and the strengthening of their young, vulnerable teeth. Although fluoride is important for young children, it is beneficial for adolescents and adults of all ages as well. In fact, new research indicates that fluoride’s role in fighting tooth decay as we age is just as important as its role in the strengthening and protection of newly developing teeth. That’s why at Robinson Dental, as a part of our commitment to preserving your smile, Lynnwood dentist Dr. Brent Robinson encourages patients to receive a fluoride treatment as part of their routine oral healthcare.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in both food and water. It aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities by making teeth resistant to the acids created by plaque and sugars. Fluoride is deposited on tooth enamel when you eat foods and beverages that contain it; it is lost when the acids produced by plaque and sugars eat away at the enamel of a tooth. Tooth decay occurs when the amount of fluoride lost outweighs what is being deposited.

Fluoride Treatments

A fluoride treatment involves applying fluoride topically to teeth. The in-office fluoride treatment is simple, painless, and fast, and it involves applying fluoride in the form of varnish, gel, or foam directly onto the teeth. This can be accomplished by wearing a mouthguard filled with the foam or gel or by having varnish painted directly onto your teeth.

FAQ

Who needs a fluoride treatment?
Dr. Brent Robinson may suggest that a dental fluoride treatment be included as part of your regular dental plan if you are at moderate to high risk for cavities. Similarly, if you have a history of restorative work, gum disease, sensitive teeth, or a variety of other conditions, you may be more susceptible to tooth decay, and regular fluoride treatments can play an essential role in maintaining a healthy, white smile.
Can you have a fluoride deficiency? Can you have a fluoride overdose?
If you do not get enough fluoride, you may suffer from fluoride deficiency, which may lead to increased cavities and weak bones. Though extremely rare, fluoride overdose can occur if you take more than the recommended amount. Symptoms of overdose include abdominal pain, headaches, and weakness. Call poison control immediately if you think you have overdosed.
Are at-home fluoride treatments effective?
Fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses can be used as at-home fluoride treatments. However, the fluoride concentration in these applications is much weaker and less effective than that found in in-office treatments.

As your Lynnwood dental experts, the staff at Robinson Dental is happy to answer any additional questions you might have about fluoride treatments. Call 425.778.1164 today to find out more or to set up an appointment.

COVID-19 UPDATE

On March 19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so we can do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and free up our protective equipment. The order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical and dental. From now until May 18, 2020, all dental offices in Washington State must limit care to emergency treatment, including our practice. 


Please note that effective March 23rd, all elective dental appointments, including cleanings, between now and May 18th will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. Emergency care is any condition that, if delayed, is anticipated to cause harm to the patient within the next three months. Our goal is to see the fewest patients, keep you safe, pain-free, and healthy. If you are unsure if you have a true emergency please call Kelsey or Tamara at 425-778-1164 for help.


Thanks,

Brent Robinson and the Robinson Dental Team.