What is Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride (as you probably already know) is a substance that, when incorporated into the surface of your teeth, makes them more resistant to decay.

Research has shown that fluoride works most effectively to prevent decay of your teeth topically (from the outside in), not from the inside out through your bloodstream during tooth formation as was previously thought. This is why fluoride is just as effective for fully formed adult teeth as it is in children whose teeth are developing. Because of this, the more often and deeply that fluorides are applied to your teeth topically, the more resistant to decay they will be. There are no health risks associated with topical fluoride application as recommended.

Drinking fluoridated water or taking fluoride supplements are the most effective household means of delivering fluoride to the surfaces of your teeth because it is released in your saliva, which continually bathes your teeth with the fluoride. This constant, albeit modestly invasive, exposure creates an external layer of fortified enamel that renders these methods so useful. Other prescription and non-prescription means of fluoride delivery (toothpastes, rinses etc.) though helpful, are less so because they only supply fluoride to your teeth during use and for a short time after. The one exception to this is a fluoride treatment performed here in our office.

The fluoride treatments that we provide for you here in our dental clinic(in the form of either gels or varnishes) are uniquely effective because they permit significantly greater incorporation of the fluoride into the surfaces of your teeth creating a broader layer of decay resistant tooth structure. The reason for this is that the fluoride gels that we use in these treatments contain a weak acid that allows for a more extensive infiltration of the fluoride into your teeth. The fluoride varnishes we also use adhere to the surfaces of your teeth more tenaciously than any other such product on the market. No other fluoride preparations achieve so great a degree of saturation, which is why no other types are as effective.


Kids Dentistry

Get an Early Start on a Great Smile

Guide your children towards a lifetime of good dental health. At Smiles Inc, we take the time to mentor young patients on the importance of healthy at-home dental hygiene. Our friendly staff speaks "kid talk" fluently, and they love to share fun tips on brushing, rinsing, and flossing.

First Appointment

We recommend that you schedule a first dental appointment around the age of three or four, so we can evaluate your child's overall dental health.

Preventive Measures

In addition to the regular exams, cleaning and polishing that we all require, young teeth need additional protection. Ask the doctor if your child would benefit from these preventive procedures:
• Sealants invisibly coat the surface of the teeth, filling in tiny crevices and cracks that could otherwise become a home to cavities. They also help protect against damage from plaque and acids.
• Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that strengths the enamel when applied to teeth. It is painlessly and comfortably applied with special care in a short time.

We look forward to helping your child begin a lifetime of excellent dental health.