Dentist in Wilmington
We offer fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay for our patients. Fluoride helps by making the tooth more resistant to the buildup of plaque and sugars. It can also speed re-mineralization as well as disrupt acid erosion in teeth.
Fluoride can be applied to the teeth as a gel, foam or varnish. The amount of time that it should be in contact with your teeth depends on the overall condition of your oral health.
Fluoride intake is often recommended for infants and children between the ages of 6 month and 16 years. During this time, primary and permanent teeth are developing. However, adults can benefit from fluoride as well to fight tooth decay and strengthen teeth. Those with certain conditions may be at an increased risk of tooth decay and would therefore benefit from additional fluoride treatment. They include people with:
- Dry mouth
- Gum disease
- History of frequent cavities
- Presence of crowns and/or bridges
- Undergoing orthodontic treatment
In addition to receiving fluoride treatment at our dental office, it can be directly applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses. Mouth rinses containing fluoride in lower strengths are available over-the-counter. However, stronger mouth rinses can be provided by a doctor’s prescription.
At the dental office of Karen C. Conlin, D.D.S., we strive to provide you with the highest quality care, including the use of fluoride. For more information or to request an appointment, contact our Wilmington dentist.