At Wayzata Dental, we want to ensure your smile will last. Understanding the properties and proper utilization of fluoride treatment can help you keep your teeth strong and prevent tooth decay. If you are suffering from expedited tooth decay, Wayzata Dental can help you find the best solution.
Understanding the properties and proper utilization of fluoride treatment can help you keep your teeth strong and prevent tooth decay. If you are suffering from expedited tooth decay, Wayzata Dental can help you find the best solution.
Fluoride is an inorganic form of the chemical element fluorine. It has been used in various medicines as well as in drinking water, mouthwash, and toothpaste. The latter three include fluoride as a means to protect teeth from the bacteria in plaque. Dr. McDowell may recommend a toothpaste with an elevated fluoride level, regular use of mouthwash, and/or a fluoride treatment (putting fluoride directly on your teeth) to counteract cavities.
In water and daily dental product use, fluoride is not dangerous. Additional fluoride may be applied as recommended (up to 20mg for an adult). Higher doses without medical supervision can be dangerous, producing side effects such as muscle or bone weakness and nervous system problems. In addition, high doses of fluoride in children (before their permanent teeth come through the gums) can cause tooth discoloration.
Wayzata Dental can help you catch the early stages of a cavity before a tooth requires a filling or other dental treatment, and we can do it all without the use of x-rays. A new handheld technology called CariVu™ is more accurate than a typical x-ray. Wayzata Dental is the first dental practice in Minnesota to offer this transillumination technology to identify cracks, lesions, or any other issue that might otherwise be missed.
When Dr. McDowell identifies these issues early, you can adopt new daily habits like fluoride treatments that will prevent further damage and decay. In this manner, Wayzata Dental extends service far beyond our doors to ensure your long-term dental health.