Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
Tooth decay is one of the most widespread chronic diseases in the United States. A recent study published by the CDC found that 91 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 had cavities in their permanent teeth. By the time they reached the age of 65, a staggering 96 percent of Americans had experienced tooth decay. You can do your part to beat the odds by receiving a fluoride treatment from your local Maryville dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry.
What is fluoride and why is it important to my oral health?
Fluoride has been used in the dental field for decades. A natural mineral, fluoride interacts with the other minerals that are present in your mouth like calcium. These interactions fortify your ability to fight off tooth decay. Fluoride helps to harden and re-mineralize small imperfections that form naturally on the surfaces of your teeth, while also helping to strengthen dental enamel.
Are fluoride treatments right for me?
At Cedar Street Family Dentistry, we strongly advise all parents to have their children receive fluoride treatments as part of our program of preventive care, helping set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Fluoride can be especially beneficial for young people who may not have learned proper oral hygiene practices yet, although fluoride is certainly not a replacement for oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing daily. However, any patient of any age can benefit from fluoride treatments, especially if they are at high risk of tooth decay due to gum disease, genetics or some other type of mitigating factor. Fluoride treatments also are recommended for anyone whose water source is non-fluoridated or consists of distilled water or well water.
What types of fluoride treatments does Cedar Street Family Dentistry offer?
Your local Maryville dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry offers two different types of topical fluoride treatments.
The in-office fluoride treatment is administered during a scheduled appointment at our Maryville office. For patients who have a higher risk of decay, a significant increase in decay or extreme tooth sensitivity, we may recommend an at-home fluoride treatment. These treatments consist of using the same professional-grade fluoride used in our office but is administered in trays that are fabricated from impressions of the mouth so that the maximum amount of tooth surface is exposed to the fluoride.
What can I expect during and after a fluoride treatment?
Whether you are receiving fluoride treatments at our office in Maryville, or are administering it yourself at home, the application process is simple and easy. You should refrain from eating, drinking or rinsing for at least 20 minutes after the fluoride is administered.
Topical fluoride treatments are just part of the wide array of preventive services available at Cedar Street Family Dentistry. Remember, though, that fluoride is not a substitute for a thorough regimen of oral hygiene that entails brushing and flossing daily, as well as visiting your dentist once every six months for a professional dental cleaning and examination. We also recommend using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash; seek out any brand with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance on the packaging.
Fluoride Treatments in Maryville
Want more information about our fluoride treatments? Contact the office of Cedar Street Family Dentistry today by calling (865) 233-7640.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is proud to offer comprehensive oral care services to patients in the areas of Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.