Fluoride, which is a naturally-occurring mineral that is added to the water supply, is one of the most effective tools in the fight against tooth decay.
Topical Fluoride Treatments
A topical fluoride solution works by strengthening the tooth’s enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. You can find topical fluoride products like toothpaste, mouth rinses and gels at most major drug stores. Dr. Brusky and his friendly hygienists recommend that children receive an application of fluoride varnish twice-per-year during checkups as this has not been shown to place a patient at risk for fluorosis.
Systemic Fluoride Treatments
This type of fluoride solution strengthens both the teeth that have erupted and those that are still developing. We get some systemic fluoride in the foods we eat and in the tap water we drink. It’s also available in gels or drops and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician if more is needed.
Infants can also receive fluoride in the form of drops and tablets up to the age of 10. If you are a parent, you should monitor your children’s fluoride intake, as fluorosis can occur. Fluorosis is a condition that leads to white spots on the teeth.
How Much Does Fluoride Treatment Cost?
Fluoride treatments are a budget-friendly and effective way to keep tooth decay at bay. Ask Dr. Brusky and his friendly staff about the cost of fluoride treatments at your next appointment. We’re sure to find a suitable plan that meets your budget and oral health needs.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Fluoride alone cannot prevent tooth decay, but it helps.
If you live in Howard, Shawano, Seymour, De Pere, or Pulaski, ask about fluoride treatments at your next visit. Schedule an appointment with Green Bay’s gentle dental provider and keep tooth decay at bay with fluoride and regular dental cleanings.