When it comes to dental health, fluoride treatments are an important part of keeping your teeth cavity-free. Depending on your medical history, you may need to receive fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months. But how often should you have a fluoride treatment at the dentist? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that professional fluoride treatments be needed at the dentist's office every three, six, or 12 months, depending on the person's oral health. If you are at high risk of developing tooth decay and cavities, fluoride treatments will be particularly beneficial.
At Royal East Dental, we recommend that you receive fluoride treatment during your dental appointments twice a year to keep your teeth healthy. Professional fluoride treatments offer a higher concentration of fluoride than what you can find without a prescription. The duration of a fluoride treatment depends on the type of treatment. For example, with a fluoride rinse, you may need to use the rinse daily or weekly.
However, with a fluoride varnish, you may only need two applications per year. In addition to professional fluoride treatments, there are other ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is essential for good oral hygiene. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is high in vitamins and minerals is also important for your overall health.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day to stimulate saliva production is also beneficial for your oral health. Avoiding smoking is also important for protecting your oral and overall health. Several studies have shown that fluoridation of community water (adjusting the amount of fluoride in drinking water) helps prevent tooth decay by approximately 25% in children and adults. If you want to receive additional fluoride treatments in addition to cleanings and exams, contact Royal East Dental to provide your teeth with a protective barrier to combat tooth decay.