Fluoride Applications in Selah

Do you want to prevent cavities? Consider receiving fluoride applications from Selah Creek Dental.

One of the most effective ways to protect teeth from decay and strengthen tooth enamel is to receive supplemental fluoride applications. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that is found in water and certain foods. Topical fluoride applications can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are at a high risk of experiencing tooth decay.

There are two primary benefits that fluoride offers for teeth:

Fluoride attaches to tooth enamel to enhance the strength and durability of teeth.
Fluoride works to remineralize tooth enamel, which reverses the effects of early tooth decay.
Fluoride treatment consists of a quick and easy process that can be completed in just one visit to our clinic. The treatment involves applying fluoride directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. The fluoride is applied directly to the teeth using special trays that are worn over the teeth. Once the process is complete, the patient must avoid eating or drinking anything for at least one hour so the fluoride can be fully absorbed by the teeth.

Fluoride treatments are provided for many reasons, including:

  • Exposed or sensitive root surfaces
  • The presence of deep grooves and fissures on the teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene practices
  • Lack of fluoride exposure
  • Excessive sugar intake
  • Prior history of tooth decay
  • Inadequate saliva flow

Although supplemental fluoride treatments are very helpful in preventing cavities and decay, they should not serve as a replacement for proper oral hygiene practices. Patients should remember that regular brushing and flossing and regularly scheduled complete dental checkups are the best ways to maintain strong, healthy teeth.

If you would like to learn more about fluoride applications and how they can benefit your oral health, please call our family dentist at 509-698-6684 to schedule an appointment.