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Protect Your Smile from Future Tooth Decay with a Fluoride Treatment 

Because you are only given one smile, you should do everything you can to protect it from harmful bacteria and decay. A fluoride treatment floods your smile with high concentrations of fluoride, rebuilding your enamel and protecting your teeth from bacteria that cause decay. The treatment is especially beneficial for children, who are at higher risk of cavities due to their diet and inconsistent oral hygiene. 

Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. offers fluoride treatments and various other preventive dental care services at his Knoxville, TN, office. Fluoride treatments can be completed in a few minutes and are extremely cost-effective compared to the restorative treatments necessary to repair tooth decay.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that is found in your bones and teeth. Fluoride strengthens enamel, the clear coating that covers the dentin of your teeth. As a a result, fluoride can make your smile more resistant to the acidic effects of plaque. Treatments with fluoride are especially beneficial for children and adults who have a history of cavities, dry mouth, and gum disease. 

Because water fluoridation alone can reduce decay by approximately 18 to 40 percent, a professional treatment can likely have even more positive outcomes.

The Treatment Process 

Before beginning a fluoride treatment, Dr. Zarger will evaluate the overall health of your child's smile. If he notices signs of early tooth decay such as spots, a fluoride treatment may be able to reverse these. 

His team will then clean debris, plaque, and tartar from your smile during a professional hygienic cleaning, also known as a prophylaxis. In addition to cleaning off plaque in stubborn places, a professional dental cleaning can improve the overall look of your smile.  

Dr. Zarger will then apply the fluoride gel, foam, or varnish onto you or your child's teeth with a brush or via a mouthguard. The process only takes a few minutes. During this time, there is no discomfort. The fluoride will remain on your teeth for approximately five minutes before you rinse your mouth out. For the best results, we recommend that you do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after your procedure. 

Benefits of fluoride treatment

The Effectiveness of Professional Fluoride Treatments 

Both children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatments because they are: 

  • Cost-effective: By reducing your risk of cavities, fluoride treatments can reduce the chances that you'll need costly or extensive restorative treatments such as dental fillings, inlays, onlays, or dental crowns in the future. 
  • Conservative: Because fluoride treatments help reduce your risk of cavities, they also help preserve your natural tooth structure and can even reverse decay in its earliest stages. 
  • Concentrated: Although over-the-counter mouthwashes and toothpastes usually contain fluoride, they do not offer the same concentrated flood of fluoride included in professional fluoride treatments. Gels and varnishes used by dentists have a higher concentration of fluoride and are more carefully and thoroughly applied. 

Because water fluoridation alone can reduce decay by approximately 18 to 40 percent, a professional treatment can likely have even more positive outcomes. 

Find Out How Fluoride Can Help You 

Preventive dentistry should be an important part of your family's health plan. Fluoride treatments are just a small part of what our practice does to protect your smile for years to come. To learn more about fluoride treatments, call us at (865) 693-7631 or request an appointment online

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