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Fluoride is a mineral that helps fight tooth decay. It is found in public water supplies, toothpaste, and many other dental products. Often called “ nature’s cavity fighter ” fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay - even before the decay can be seen. Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid that cause cavities. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, you are preventing cavities and strengthening tooth enamel. If you are 18 and younger the dental hygienist will apply fluoride during your 6 month dental cleaning visit.
Dental caries (tooth decay) is caused by acid-producing bacteria that collect around the teeth and gums. The bacteria produce a sticky clear film called “ plaque ”. Without good daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, teeth become more vulnerable to cavities. Brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss helps to remove plaque. Another key to good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent caries and repairs teeth in the early stages of cavity formation.
Children and teens are at a moderate-to-high risk of developing cavities - a professional fluoride treatment can help! The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouthrinses that may be available in a store. Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride is usually in the form of a solution. Typically, it is used as a rinse and held in the mouth for 1-2 minutes. After the treatment, the patient will 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. Fluoride treatments and dental cleanings usually are recommended every six months.
The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults use fluoride toothpaste displaying the ADA Seal of Acceptance. For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing their children’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. You should be brushing your children’s teeth thoroughly twice a day (morning and night). For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and brush teeth thoroughly twice per day. Always supervise your child’s brushing to ensure that they use the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
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Fluoride Treatments. This website is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for Dental or Medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The information on this website does not create a patient-dentist relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. By visiting this site you agree to all its terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by Dr. James J. Herget listed in the Disclaimer. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not enter this site. Dr. James J. Herget is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Dodge/Columbia/Marquette Counties Dental Association. Dr. Herget attended Marquette University in Milwaukee WI. He graduated in 1988 and immediately moved to Mayville WI where he has been practicing Family Dentistry for 25+ years. Dr. James J. Herget performs many dental services, such as : Dental Fillings, Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, Dental Implant Reconstruction, Dental Cleanings and Dental sealants ( performed by a licensed Dental Hygienist ), metal free, flexible, partial dentures ( no full dentures ), root canal treatment ( incisors and bicuspids ), basic extractions, and only uses “low-radiation” digital x-rays. If you are looking for quality, family, reasonably priced dentistry : Dr. James J. Herget is your dentist of choice ! If you are a Facebook user we would love to have you as a Friend or just LIKE our page. Fluoride treatments. Affordable Mayville WI Dentist.