While a somewhat controversial subject, fluoride treatment has been well documented to reduce tooth decay and promote overall dental health. Let’s talk about some of the common questions people have about fluoride treatment.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that helps prevent tooth decay. It works by slowing the breakdown of your tooth enamel, or the outside surface of the tooth. This surface is subject to the wear and tear of everyday eating.

Why is there fluoride in my water?

Fluoride water treatment was started in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then the use of fluoride in water has expanded to approximately 70% of the United States water supply. Fluoride treatment drastically reduces the incidence of cavities, and can cut down on dental costs. Fluoride treatment can also refer to the use of fluoride in regular dental check-ups.

How long do I have to wait to eat or drink after fluoride treatment?

Fluoride treatment after a check-up requires you to not eat anything sticky or hot for at least one hour. You can drink water, but be sure that you do not brush the fluoride off of your teeth. Allowing time for the fluoride to be absorbed into your teeth is important.

How often should I get fluoride treatment?

Fluoride is used during almost all routine dental visits for children and can be requested by adults. Fluoride can also be used to treat sensitivity after in-office bleaching. It is important to create a relationship with Dr. Blackhurst so that minor dental issues do not become major dental issues. Scheduling a routine check-up and cleaning every 6 months with Dr. Blackhurst in his Midvale office is an important step in maintaining good oral health.