Children and some adults are particularly susceptible to tooth decay, which can compromise teeth and be a hassle to address.
Fluoride protects teeth from erosion and, in turn, reduces the risk of cavities.
That sounds great! But how does it work?
How Fluoride Keeps Teeth Strong
By making teeth more resistant to the acids found in plaque, fluoride can protect you from cavities and reverse early decay.
Provides More Concentrated Treatment
Though fluoride is often found in toothpastes and mouth rinses, it is delivered at a higher concentration in professional gels, solutions, and varnishes.
Protects Adults and Children Alike
While most often recommended for children, fluoride can benefit adults who are more vulnerable to cavities, including those with gum disease, dry mouth conditions, or restorations.
Why Pay for Preventive Care When I Can Treat a Cavity?
The cost of a typical fluoride application is about $30 to $35. In contrast, fillings generally cost about $90 to $250, and crowns about $500 to $2,500 per tooth.
While a crown can take up to two weeks to fabricate and place, varnish takes only a few minutes to apply.
Choose Your Method of Delivery
Fluoride treatment comes in many forms. If you would prefer to avoid trays and gel, your dentist can use varnish. This is gently painted on the front, back, and top of teeth and will harden in seconds. The entire procedure takes no more than two minutes. Simply leave the varnish on for six hours (you can return to normal activities immediately), and remove it with a toothbrush later in the day.
Fluoride treatment is a quick and easy way to protect the health and longevity of your or your child’s smile. At such a low cost, it is a no-brainer! Talk to your dentist today to learn more.