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Fluoride Treatment
Simi Valley, CA

Young boy receiving fluoride treatment at Simi Hills Dental in Simi Valley, CA.

When we eat food, acid-producing bacteria attack our teeth and lead to enamel mineral loss. Even though our teeth can recover from small amounts of demineralization, too much mineral loss (for example, when we eat sugary or acidic food), can result in dental caries or cavities.

At Simi Hills Dental, we offer fluoride treatment that can protect your teeth against bacterial decay. Fluoride works by forming a protective layer over the enamel of the teeth and interferes with the acid production, which can lead to caries.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral and human beings can take it into our bodies systemically or topically. Systemic fluorides are absorbed through supplements or water. On the other hand, topical fluorides are placed externally on the teeth surface to protect them from decay.

At Simi Hills Dental, we offer topical application of fluoride, which only takes a few minutes. Fluoride is available in different forms, including gel, varnish, mouth rinse, and foam. The preparation one has a higher concentration of fluoride than regular toothpaste and mouth rinses and can be applied on the teeth with the help of a cotton swab, brush, or tray.

Once the treatment is complete, it is advised not to rinse your mouth or eat or drink for at least 30 minutes so that fluoride can start working on the microscopic decay in your teeth.

Depending on the state of your teeth, we may recommend fluoride treatment every 3 months, 4 months, six months, or 12 months. If you are at a high risk of cavities, Dr. Justin E. Stout DMD will also recommend you some over-the-counter mouth rinses or gels.

How Much Fluoride Do You Need?

At Simi Hills Dental, we offer fluoride treatment for children and adults. Children under the age of two, however, should not be overexposed to fluoride and should get a fluoride-free toothpaste. If the child ingests too much fluoride, it can lead to discoloration of teeth later in life known as dental fluorosis.

At Simi Hills Dental, we ensure that children only use a small amount of fluoride topically and take measures to ensure the mineral is not swallowed.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended daily intake of fluoride should be:
•  0.1 to 0.5 mg in children 3 years of age or less.
•  1 to 2.5 mg in children aged between 4 to 6 years.
•  1.5 to 2.5 mg in children aged between 7 to 10 years.
•  1.5 to 4 mg in adolescents and adults.

Advantages of Fluoride Treatment

According to the American Dental Association, fluoride can help repair enamel demineralization, even in adults. If you have poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, tobacco use, and teeth sensitivity, fluoride treatment can provide you with certain benefits:
•  Fluoride can help your body make better use of calcium and phosphates.
•  Fluoride supplements the enamel in baby teeth, making them less susceptible to bacterial attacks.
•  Fluoride can reverse small decay of the tooth.
•  It can ensure a longer life of deciduous teeth and better health of adult teeth.
•  It prevents the need for expensive dental restorative work.

Risks of Fluoride Treatment

As mentioned above, overexposure of infants to fluoride products can result in the development of chalky streaks on the teeth. This is called dental fluorosis and happens when children’s teeth are still developing under the gums.

In very rare cases, some people may also experience skin allergies with the use of fluoride products.

If you or your child is at risk of dental caries or have a history of cavities, fluoride treatment can help you. Call us today at (805) 317-4999 and we can discuss the health of your teeth with you.

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