Fluoride Treatment by Park West Dental Care in Idaho Falls ID
Family hanging out at the park after fluoride treatment in Idaho Falls, ID

Most often fluoride and its use in dental treatments is associated with children and the strengthening of their young, vulnerable teeth. Although fluoride is important for young children, it is beneficial for adolescents and adults of all ages as well. In fact, new research indicates that fluoride’s role in fighting tooth decay as we age is just as important as its role in the strengthening and protection of newly developing teeth. That’s why at Park West Dental , as a part of our commitment to preserving your smile, Idaho Falls, ID  dentists,  Drs. Drake and Jacobson, encourage patients to receive a fluoride treatment as part of their routine oral healthcare.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in both food and water. It aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities by making teeth resistant to the acids created by plaque and sugars. Fluoride is deposited on tooth enamel when you eat foods and beverages that contain it; it is lost when the acids produced by plaque and sugars eat away at the enamel of a tooth. Tooth decay occurs when the amount of fluoride lost outweighs what is being deposited.

Fluoride Treatments

A fluoride treatment involves applying fluoride topically to teeth. The in-office fluoride treatment is simple, painless, and fast, and it involves applying fluoride in the form of varnish, gel, or foam directly onto the teeth. This can be accomplished by wearing a mouthguard filled with the foam or gel or by having varnish painted directly onto your teeth.

FAQ

Who needs a fluoride treatment?
Can you have a fluoride deficiency? Can you have a fluoride overdose?
Are at-home fluoride treatments effective?

As your Idaho Falls, ID dental experts, the staff at Park West Dental is happy to answer any additional questions you might have about fluoride treatments. Call 208.932.4607 today to find out more or to set up an appointment.