Family Dental Care Professionals Recommend Fluoride Varnish:
Fluoride Varnish (5% Sodium Fluoride) is a highly concentrated form of fluoride which is applied to the tooth surface by your family dentist or dental professional. Fluoride treatments have been used for years to prevent tooth decay; to re-mineralize tooth surface(s) and in treatment of “sensitive teeth”. Topical fluoride varnish is well-tolerated by infants, toddlers, young children, and individuals with special needs. It is easy to use and fast to apply. The varnish is applied directly to the tooth surface in less than three minutes. Alternatively, conventional gel and foam fluoride require suction, air drying, and may cause patients to gag. Fluoride varnish is a very safe and low risk type of fluoride treatment. Varnishing uses only small amounts and less is swallowed compared to other methods of fluoridation. Additionally, the varnish stays in contact with the tooth surface for several hours longer than other methods. Our dental offices highly recommend this procedure for all children as well as any adults who are at high risk of tooth decay, who have exposed roots, are orthodontic patients, and for those who live in non-fluoridated water areas; i.e. well water. For minimal cost, you or your family members can receive a substantial dental health benefit. Ask how you or your children can benefit from a fluoride treatment at your next visit.
By: Jessica G. Smith, Registered Dental Hygienist
Today the etiology (causes of a disease or abnormal condition) of periodontal disease is understood. Dentists and dental hygienists have developed and now utilize efficient methods of prevention, treatment, and control of periodontal disease. The keys to successfully combat the onset of periodontal problems involves “preventive” dentistry regimen including but not limited to regular cleanings, exams, and necessary dental x-rays to detect these potential problems early on.
Additionally, routine home care such as proper brushing and flossing correctly; attending regular dental appointments; and following the prescribed preventive instruction(s) will assist in avoiding the need for more invasive and extensive dental treatment by your hygienist and/or dentist. Please call us for more information or to make your appointment.