Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment in Phoenix, AZ

Commonly Asked Questions About Fluoride Treatment

Chances are you’ve heard the term fluoride before, but you may not fully understand what it is and why it is so important to your overall dental health in Phoenix. We get asked a lot of questions at Garden Lakes Family Dentistry about this exact topic, so we’ve prepared this list of the most commonly asked questions for your easy reference.

  • What is fluoride? Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been proven to help strengthen a tooth’s enamel as well as prevent decay in teeth.
  • Why is professional fluoride treatment important? Because professional fluoride treatments from Garden Lakes Family Dentistry can be applied directly to a tooth’s enamel, and are of a stronger concentration than fluoride that’s found in at home products, the treatment can perform a number of functions such as preventing decay, reversing early signs of decay, and help in the remineralization of teeth for long term strength and durability.
  • Are fluoride treatments used only in children? Although fluoride treatments are most commonly associated with pediatric dentistry in Phoenix, they are beneficial in adult dentistry, too. In situations where adults have excessive dry mouth, gum disease, frequent cavities, grooves in their teeth, or pits and grooves in their teeth, the added protection of regular fluoride treatment helps ensure the conditions do not become worse with time.
  • Are fluoride treatments painful? No, fluoride treatment is quick and pain-free. It’s something that can be handled in one easy appointment at Garden Lakes Family Dentistry, especially with our convenient office hours to accommodate even the busiest patient. In fact, you can request a fluoride treatment during your regularly scheduled dental exam or professional cleaning.
  • Can I get fluoride in my diet naturally? Fluoride is sometimes added to tap water and can be found in certain foods such as black tea, grape juice, wine, crab, shrimp, and potatoes; but the best way to ensure that you’re providing the maximum protection against decay and gum disease is to receive a professional fluoride treatment in conjunction with your dental exam or cleaning.
  • Can’t I just add a fluoride supplement to my diet? In some cases, a fluoride supplement can be added, but in others it may not be sufficient enough for your individual oral health needs. The best way to determine whether you or your child would benefit from a professional fluoride treatment is to schedule an appointment in our conveniently located Phoenix office to let the professional and caring staff at Garden Lakes Family Dentistry recommend the best treatment for your long-term oral health.