Patients who are considering ways to protect their smile from tooth decay may believe brushing and flossing are their only options. Fortunately, there are other steps that patients can take to protect their teeth from damage, including fluoride treatments. Dr. William V. Carlo proudly offers fluoride treatment in San Diego for patients of all ages.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in food and water. It is one of the most effective agents used by dentists to prevent tooth decay in patients of all ages. Many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, have been well-versed in the many benefits this mineral can provide to the teeth. Fluoride can strengthen the natural tooth enamel and reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially in patients who may be at a significantly higher chance of developing decay in the smile. Dr. William V. Carlo of Bankers Hill can provide this coverage for patients during their routine dental appointments after their evaluation and teeth cleaning has been performed.
How is fluoride obtained to improve the smile?
Fluoride comes in two type, including topical fluoride and systemic fluoride. Topical fluoride is often associated with fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouth rinses, and gels that are applied during routine dental visits. The application of fluoride onto the teeth is the most effective. Additionally, patients can obtain fluoride systemically, which is through eating and drinking foods and beverages that have supplements of fluoride. Fluoride application and administration need to be closely evaluated by a dental professional, as too much fluoride can cause conditions such as fluorosis. Fluorosis causes white spots to form on the natural tooth enamel.
What is the cost of fluoride treatment?
Dr. William V. Carlo offers fluoride treatment for adults and kids who may be more susceptible to developing cavities than other individuals. Determining the cost for treatment will vary greatly, especially if patients have dental insurance benefits they will be using to help pay for their preventative dental visits. Speaking with our dentist will help clarify the expected costs of this and other treatments available at his practice.
Do I need to care for my smile less after receiving fluoride treatments?
It is vital that patients understand that fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay but is used to reduce the risk. Patients still need to brush and floss their teeth after every meal and visit their dentist regularly for evaluations and cleanings. A healthy diet low in snacks and sugars can also help reduce the risk of
Are you looking for a dentist who offers fluoride treatment near you around the community of San Diego?
Call (619) 285-0950 to schedule an appointment with Dr. William V. Carlo and his associate to discuss your options for protecting the smile against decay and disease. The office is conveniently located in the Bankers Hill area at 3330 3rd Avenue, Suite 200.
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