Fluoride Treatment

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth, providing a strong barrier against decay-causing bacteria. Although you can get fluoride in toothpastes and rinses, professional fluoride treatments at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry use stronger solutions for more penetration and greater protection for both children and adults in Valencia, California, and the Santa Clarita Valley area. Call today to schedule a dental checkup, or schedule an appointment online.

Fluoride Treatment

How does fluoride protect teeth from decay?

Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, the hard protective outer layer of your teeth that helps keep acids and bacteria from damaging your teeth and causing cavities. You can get some fluoride from the foods you eat, from fluoridated water, and from toothpastes and rinses that contain fluoride. However, most people need more fluoride than these options provide. Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry’s fluoride treatments use professional-strength products for far greater protection.

What happens during a fluoride treatment?

Fluoride treatments take just a few minutes, and they’re usually performed following a dental cleaning. During treatment, your dentist can use two techniques to apply the solution to the teeth:

  • A special brush or swab
  • A special tray that holds the fluoride solution against your teeth for several minutes

After treatment, you’ll need to avoid eating, drinking, or rinsing your mouth for at least 30 minutes to enable the fluoride to penetrate the surface of your teeth.

Are fluoride treatments just for kids?

No. Years ago, researchers thought fluoride treatment was only effective in children whose teeth were still forming. But in the last decade or so, research has emerged showing that fluoride treatments are also important and beneficial for adults and for kids with adult teeth, helping to strengthen teeth and even reversing the initial stages of decay in some patients. Plus, by strengthening the tooth enamel, fluoride treatments can reduce tooth sensitivity issues.

How often should I have fluoride treatment?

Frequency depends on each patient’s specific oral health needs. The American Dental Association recommends fluoride treatments every three, six, or 12 months. The dentists at Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry will be able to determine how often you or your child needs a fluoride treatment after examining your teeth and gums.

If I have a fluoride treatment at the dentist, do I still need to use a fluoride toothpaste?

Yes. Fluoride toothpaste provides ongoing protection for your teeth between professional fluoride treatments. If you’re at significant risk for tooth decay or you have tooth sensitivity issues due to enamel erosion, your dentist might prescribe a special toothpaste or mouth rinse (or both) to provide stronger protection than what’s available in over-the-counter products.