Flouride Treatment Santa Barbara CA

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride Treatment in Santa Barbara, CA

Fluoride is an active ingredient found in many types of dental care items such as toothpaste and mouthwash. You've likely heard about how important fluoride is at some point your life, but do you know why it's so essential to your overall oral health?

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is an all-natural mineral found in soil, water, or rocks. It is a highly abundant element found in the earth's crust. Our natural groundwater contains varying levels of fluoride, and in many areas, it's even added to the water supply!

What are the Benefits of Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride helps keep teeth strong and healthy by strengthening the enamel which protects teeth from the ongoing process of demineralization and remineralization.

What Is Demineralization And Remineralization Of The Teeth?

The bacteria located in our mouths work to eat away carbohydrates and create acid. This acid also breaks down the surface of our tooth enamel and weakens our teeth. It makes the enamel soft and our teeth more susceptible to decay. This process is known as demineralization.

Remineralization is a process that combats demineralization and helps to protect the teeth. During remineralization, the minerals found in our saliva, phosphate and calcium, work to harden and add strength to our tooth enamel.

How Does Fluoride Prevent Cavities?

Any time there is more demineralization taking place than remineralization, cavities are more likely to occur. Fluoride helps to promote the remineralization process and therefore helps to prevent cavities.

Can Fluoride Reverse Cavities?

Not only can fluoride help to prevent cavities, but it can also help reverse small cavities that have already started to form. When there is more demineralization present, cavities can start. In the earliest stages, a cavity is known as an incipient lesion. When caught in time, these cavities can be stopped and reversed by using fluoride treatment and practicing good oral hygiene habits at home.

Who Is at Higher Risk of Cavities?

People who are at a higher risk of developing cavities include elderly patients and those with special needs. Seniors and anyone who struggles with daily oral hygiene can benefit from regular fluoride treatments. Because they may have difficulty removing plaque from their teeth, these individuals are often at a much higher risk of developing cavities. It is recommended that patients in this group have a fluoride treatment every three to six months.

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Is Fluoride Treatment Just for Kids?

It is a common misconception that fluoride treatments are only for children. While it is a good idea for kids to have fluoride treatments to protect their teeth as they grow, they are not the only ones who can benefit from it. Everyone is at risk of developing cavities, some more than others. Those who are at a higher risk of cavities and tooth decay should have routine fluoride treatments to protect their teeth from harm.

What Should I Expect During a Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride treatments only take a few minutes to complete in our office. The treatment doesn't hurt and it's not uncomfortable. Fluoride is available in various forms such as gel, varnish, or foam. The dentist may apply it using a brush or swab. Or the fluoride may be placed inside a tray you hold in your mouth for a few minutes while the treatment does its job.

How Often Should I Get a Fluoride Treatment?

Depending on the condition of your teeth and your overall dental health, it may be recommended that you receive fluoride treatments every six to twelve months, or more frequently if needed.

What Should I Do After a Fluoride Treatment?

After your fluoride treatment you should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 30 minutes. This will allow your teeth to fully absorb the fluoride so that any areas of decay can be repaired.

How Much Does Fluoride Treatment Cost?

Your dental insurance may cover all or part of your fluoride treatments. Your out of pocket cost may be as little as $10 to $30 per fluoride treatment.

Meet Dr. Omid

Dr. Omid Barkhordar, DDS has earned his reputation as a leading family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Barbara, the Central Coast, and Southern California. He is committed to providing patients of all ages with compassionate care.

From general dentistry to advanced procedures, Dr. Omid uses innovative technology and gentle techniques to deliver safe and stress-free dental care so patients can enjoy a painless, healthy, and gorgeous smile.

Dr. Omid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in one of the best dental programs in the United States. His dedication to helping patients achieve their perfect smile has earned Dr. Omid the continued trust and recommendation of many clients.

No matter the age or needs of the patient, Dr. Omid is committed to helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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