• Fluoride Treatments

  • Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in food and water that helps prevent cavities. Fluoride washes away food particles and bacteria and strengthens enamel. Even a small amount of fluoride can make a significant difference to your oral health. Topical fluoride treatments are a fast and easy way to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Prosthodontics & Implant Dental Center can help you get a healthier smile with fluoride treatments at their convenient location in Merced, CA.

    How does fluoride help my teeth?

    Fluoride from water, food, and other supplements help strengthen your tooth enamel to prevent your teeth from decaying. Aside from food, some toothpaste and mouthwashes contain fluoride. A major benefit of these dental products is that fluoride is placed directly on your teeth. When you drink something containing fluoride, every sip coats your mouth. Similar to food, the fluoride combined with your saliva covers and protects your teeth.

    Why should I get a professional fluoride treatment?

    Professional Fluoride treatments help fight against cavities and tooth decay. Some individuals are more prone to cavities and tooth decay than others and would especially benefit from fluoride treatments. Cavities can be caused from:

    • Genetics
    • Particular composition of teeth
    • Daily activities
    • Active cavities
    • Drug abuse
    • Overconsumption of alcohol
    • Bad oral hygiene
    • Eating disorders
    • Not going to the dentist regularly
    • High levels of cavity-causing bacteria
    • Fillings
    • Head and neck radiation therapy
    • Bad diet
    • Tooth roots exposed
    • Defects of tooth enamel
    • Dry mouth

    When you come in for a fluoride treatment, we apply a foam, gel, or solution to your teeth. This treatment is fast and effective in strengthening and protecting your teeth from cavities and tooth decay.

    How do I take care of my teeth after a professional fluoride treatment?

    Home Care

    While professional fluoride treatments help protect your teeth from tooth decay, they are not meant to substitute your normal oral care routine. Fluoride treatments are meant to add additional protection to your everyday care. The American Dental Association advises individuals to brush their teeth at least two times a day and to floss once. We recommend using toothpaste and mouthwashes that have the ADA seal of approval.

    Office Visits

    You should maintain routine visits to the dentist. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, both at-home and professional care are crucial to your oral health. Some common issues like plaque, which can turn into tooth decay, need to be removed professionally. The American Dental Association recommends individuals see their dentist at least two times a year.

    Dietary Guidelines

    A healthy diet, especially excluding foods with a lot of sugar, can be significant to your oral and overall health. Drinking and eating foods containing high levels of fluoride can help improve the health of your teeth without you even realizing it!

    Our team at Prosthodontics & Implant Dental Center is eager to help get you a healthier and happier smile. Call us today at (209) 383-9222 to schedule your fluoride treatment. Our office is conveniently located in Merced, where we have been serving Winton, Atwater, Cressey, and other nearby communities for over 10 years. We’re here to help stop tooth decay before it begins.