Fluoride Treatment at Red Bank Smiles






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Fluoride is a great way to help maintain healthy teeth. It’s the 7th most naturally-occurring mineral that can prevent cavities in both adults and children. While you do get some fluoride from your diet, you can also get a dental fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office. If you have any questions about fluoride, also known as nature’s cavity fighter, contact Red Bank Smiles in Red Bank, NJ today.


What Is Fluoride?


The reason fluoride is so essential for our teeth is because it helps strengthen the enamel, a tooth’s hard outer layer. If bacteria or plaque build up, they can potentially erode the enamel, leading to a cavity. While fluoride can’t remove any existing tooth decay, it does fortify the teeth to prevent further damage. That’s why individuals who are at a high risk for developing cavities can benefit significantly from fluoride treatments.


Beyond dental treatments, most fluoride intake comes from our drinking water as well as some foods. The mineral is found naturally in some rivers, lakes and wells, but most community water systems have supplemental fluoride added. Some toothpastes, mouthwash and supplements may also contain fluoride to help increase your teeth’s resistance to decay.


Dental Fluoride Treatment


The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you get a professional fluoride treatment every three, six or 12 months depending on your individual oral health. Factors that increase a person’s risk for cavities include poor dental hygiene, poor diet, dry mouth, excessive drug or alcohol use and others.

During the treatment, the dentist will apply a highly concentrated fluoride rinse, foam or gel to your teeth using a swab, brush, tray or mouthwash. The process only takes a few minutes, but it can have lasting benefits for your teeth. It’s important to give the fluoride time to absorb, so you may have to avoid eating and drinking for 30 minutes after your appointment.


Schedule a Fluoride Treatment at the Dentist


At your next visit to Red Bank Smiles, talk to your dentist, Dr. Benjamin Klayman, about dental fluoride treatments or other tooth maintenance options. We’ll help you keep your teeth as healthy and clean as possible. Call Heidi at 732-741-1052 to schedule an appointment or go ahead and book online.



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