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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Great place for your dental needs! Dr. Cho took care of my fillings in a timely manner and made going to the dentist easy and FUN! Thanks!"
"I loved my experience and I love the doctors, assistants, hygienists, the world-class patient care and extremely technologically advanced dental practice!"
"Everyone is wonderful. Thank you Dr. Jared for my new front teeth."
"Another great experience here at Dr. Smudde's office. I think Dr. Ryan is wonderful and his assistant, Carigan, was so caring and helpful."
"Very welcoming dental office. Clean, upscale and comfortable. I will definitely be returning and would recommend their service to anyone I know!"
"I am petrified of the dentist and they made me feel so comfortable that I am finally going to get all my work done. Definitely the best place to go!!!"
"I've been seeing Drs. Allen and Kelly Smudde since 1999 and I love how professional AND friendly everyone is. The office is always super clean and inviting."
"Just had my 6 month cleaning and check up! My hygienist is always amazing, and thorough in making sure my teeth sparkle!"
"Dr. Cho made me feel that I wasn't so bad and all would be taken care of--gently and completely."
"Had a great appointment today with Erin and Dr. Cho. Always friendly, comfortable, and spa like!"
"They make you feel very comfortable and the staff is always so courteous. We have been going there for years and love it!"
"I want to thank Dr. Inbo Cho for being a great dentist as well as a great all round guy!"
"Dr. Cho was great and I will be coming in soon for other treatments."
"Great service and advice, very professional staff, glad we found you."
"The great care that I get at Dr. Smudde's office keeps me going back!"
"I have been going to Dr. Smudde for years and it is consistently the best dental experience ever!"
"Very personable and professional. I'm well taken care of."
"Always professional and courteous."
"I'm so happy that we went with Dr. Smudde's office."
"Dr. Cho and the staff were great as always-professional, caring, informative!"
"On time, efficient and friendly."