Dental Fluoride Treatment in Vancouver
During a person’s life, certain dental ailments are bound to spring up. However, there are ways to help prevent these ailments. At Dentist on Kingsway, we offer all sorts of dental procedures and treatments, including fluoride treatments, which help protect against the mineralization of enamel on the teeth. Fluoride intake is very important while the teeth are still developing. Fluoride is taken into the body through food, water, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Children, adolescents, and adults can all benefit from a fluoride treatment. Fluoride often yields different benefits for different age groups. When dentists administer a fluoride treatment to children and adolescents with cavities, the fluoride helps prevent demineralization (the weakening of the tooth enamel due to bacteria). When performed on an adult, the fluoride treatment will have different benefits. In adults, fluoride treatments, are perfect for making an exposed or vulnerable area of a tooth stronger and more resistant to tooth decay. It can also make teeth less sensitive to hot and cold.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in our food and water, that, when ingested, helps prevent tooth decay (making the tooth more resistant to acid and sugars). It also supports remineralization, aiding in the repair of tooth decay before it even becomes visible. We receive fluoride in two different ways: systemic and topical.
Systemic fluoride is any fluoride that enters the body through any public or private water supply. Fluoride can also be found in soft drinks and teas. First, the fluoride is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, allowing the blood to distribute it throughout the entire body. Any fluoride that isn’t flushed out of the body get stored in bones and hard tissue like teeth.
Topical fluoride is applied directly to the teeth because it is found to help fight tooth decay. Some examples of topical fluoride products are toothpaste and mouthwash which are rinsed from the mouth after use instead of swallowing. Your dentist may apply a foam, gel, or varnish to the teeth and leave it on for a period of one to four minutes. If your dentist suspects you are at higher risk of getting cavities, he or she will prescribe you with an at-home gel to use on your teeth.
Why Is There Fluoride In Our Drinking Water?
Fluoridated water helps to proactively prevent cavities. The process of adding fluoride to the water supply has been considered to be one of efficient and cost-effective solutions to cavity prevention available. Dentist on Kingsway has known about the importance of fluoride and fluoride treatments for years. Our well-trained staff are aware of your needs and will be there to answer any questions you may have. For quality fluoride treatments in Vancouver, call the experts at Dentist on Kingsway today!
You can reach the staff at Dentist on Kingsway over the phone at (604) 558-2442 or request an appointment online.
Fluoride treatments are one of the least expensive treatments offered at Dentist on Kingsway. This is because fluoride itself is relatively cheap even in concentrated forms. The average cost of a fluoride treatment ranges from $20 to $50.
A big fear of many Vancouver patients is that their fluoride treatment is going to hurt. However, because our teeth come into contact with fluoride everyday, there is no reason this procedure should cause you any form of pain or discomfort.
The fluoride paste or gel is applied to the teeth and is left to sit for 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. The teeth are then rinsed of the gel. The entire procedure should be completed within half an hour.