Flouride Treatments

Flouride Treatments Coral Gables, FL

If you, or your family member, are at a moderate-to high risk of developing caries (tooth decay), then a professional fluoride treatment will help you prevent the evolution of the disease. The fluoride preparation used at Dr. Peggy Alvarez Dental office has a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouth rinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy. For more information about our fluoride treatment and our flexible payment terms please call our office today at (305) 548-8690. We look forward to working with you to improve your overall oral health and smile!

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. It is mainly used to prevent caries, builds strong teeth and also repair the teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease. It’s been an essential oral health treatment for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums.

Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family's teeth strong, no matter their ages and it can be obtained in two forms: Topical Fluoride and systemic. Fluoride.

Topical fluorides: are applied directly to the tooth enamel. Some examples include fluoride toothpastes and mouthrinses, as well as fluoride treatments in the dental office.

Systemic fluorides: are those that are swallowed. Examples include fluoridated water and dietary fluoride supplements. The maximum reduction in dental caries is achieved when fluoride is available both topically and systemically.

Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. 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 a few 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.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a professional fluoride treatment at your dentist’s office every 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your oral health. If you’re at high risk for cavities, your dentist may also prescribe a special fluoride rinse or gel to use regularly at home.

Fluoride Treatment Aftercare

To ensure the fluoride fully penetrates the enamel, patients should not drink, eat, or smoke for at least 30 minutes after their fluoride treatment. Swallowing any of the fluoride may cause temporary nausea, but this should not last more than 24 hours. While fluoride can be dangerous in high doses, our dentists take care to give each patient a safe level of fluoride in their office and home treatment.

Please follow these instructions following your fluoride treatment:

Fluoride varnish will remain on your teeth for approximately 4-6 hours.  Please follow the guidelines below during that time only: Do not brush or floss.

  • Avoid hot beverages.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods.
  • Avoid products containing alcohol.
  • Avoid other “over the counter” fluoride items such as toothpastes, gels, and rinses.

Please resume the activities above following the expiration of the 6 hour window.

DO NOT use your prescription fluoride medications such as Gel-Kam or Periomed for three days AFTER treatment.

A thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth (after the six hours window) will remove any remaining traces of your fluoride varnish.