Dentists have used in-office fluoride treatment for decades to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially patients who may be at a higher risk of developing caries.
How is the fluoride used in dental office different from tooth pastes or fluoride mouth rinses available on stores ?
The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouth rinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy.
How long does it take to apply fluoride in a dentist office ?
Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes.
How is the fluoride applied ?
The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish. Typically, it is applied with a cotton swab or brush, or it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas.
How often should the fluoride treatment be done ?
Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months. Your dentist also may recommend additional preventive measures if you are at a moderate or high risk of developing caries. These measures may include over-the-counter or prescription therapeutic products such as fluoride mouth rinses, gels or antibacterial mouth rinses.