Fluoride Treatment – Chevy Chase, MD
Harness the Protection of Fluoride
The biggest threat to the health of your teeth is tooth decay. Although you can avoid cavities with the right oral hygiene habits at home and regular care from your dentist in Chevy Chase, they remain a common problem. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 25% to 50% of children and adolescents have one or more cavities while 92% of adults have had at least one in a permanent tooth. Dr. Ronan Freyne can give your loved ones an added layer of protection against decay with a fluoride treatment.
Get the Protection of Fluoride
Fluoride is often referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter” because it strengthens the outer layer of your teeth, called the enamel. Your enamel protects your dentin, which contains tiny tubes connecting to the inner layer of your tooth called the pulp.
Your teeth are constantly bombarded by harmful bacteria and acid that erode your enamel. Over time, a small hole forms called a cavity. If it is not treated quickly with a dental filling, it can extend into the dentin and infect the pulp. Now, a more invasive treatment is needed to save your tooth.
Fluoride helps to ward off decay by working with phosphate and calcium to keep your enamel strong. It is a naturally-occurring substance that remineralizes your enamel to reverse the early effects of erosion. By replenishing the weakened areas in your enamel, it helps to prevent the development of cavities.
How Can I Get a Fluoride Treatment?
There are several ways you receive fluoride every day, such as by drinking tap water or using a toothpaste containing it. Although both methods help keep your enamel strong, they may not be enough. You can enjoy further protection by having a fluoride varnish applied to your teeth during routine preventive appointments with your Chevy Chase dentist.
After your teeth are cleaned, our dental hygienist paints the varnish onto your teeth. It dries quickly, allowing your teeth to absorb it. It is best to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 20 minutes after it has been applied.
Enjoy Strong, Healthy Enamel
Fluoride treatments are most often recommended for children and adolescence; however, you are never too old to benefit from its protection. Dr. Freyne provides the treatment for patients of all ages to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
If you are ready to harness the power of fluoride, ask us about it during your next visit for a cleaning and checkup. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment for a healthy smile.