Fluoride Treatment Middlebury CT – How to Stop Tooth Decay

Patients who are considering ways to protect their smile against tooth decay and periodontal disease may want to ask the dental team at Middlebury Dental Center about the advantages of fluoride treatments. Fluoride is one of the most effective agents available to stop tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in a variety of foods and is added to public drinking water. It works by protecting the teeth with a barrier that works against the formation of decay, offering a resistance that ensures an extra step towards a healthier smile.

What type of fluoride treatments are available?

There are two primary methods of obtaining fluoride:

  • Topical fluoride – topical fluoride is the application of fluoride directly onto the teeth administrated by our dental team. Additionally, many dental products including, toothpaste and mouth rinse, also incorporate fluoride into their product for topical application.
  • Systemic fluoride – the other option for fluoride is to obtain it systemically. Fluoride can benefit the teeth that have already erupted, as well as those still developing underneath the gums. Systemic fluoride can be obtained through community water supply and as a supplement in drop or gel form. This can be prescribed by the dentist for children or adults.

Will fluoride prevent tooth decay?

Patients must understand that fluoride is just an extra step towards protecting the smile. Fluoride alone does not prevent tooth decay entirely, though it does make it a little harder to form. Patients need to be proactive about their dental health by brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, reducing sugary snacks and acids, enjoying healthy nutritionally-balanced foods, and visiting the dentist every six months for regular evaluations.

Are you interested in learning more about how to stop tooth decay with fluoride?

Fluoride varnish for adults and children can be used to offer an extra layer of protection against cavities and periodontal disease. If you are ready to ask your dentist about this and other preventive solutions for the smile, contact the office by calling (203) 599-0048 and requesting an appointment at the practice, conveniently located in Suite #210 at 1625 Straits Turnpike in Middlebury, CT.