Dr. Mirani, cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, recommends fluoride treatment for patients who are more susceptible to tooth decay than the general population. Some of these reasons include developing soft teeth, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth conditions, active gum disease, frequent cavities and presence of crowns or bridges. Patients who only drink bottled water instead of tap water may also have a fluoride deficiency and can benefit from the procedure.
How do Dental Office Fluoride Treatments differ from over the counter products?
Fluoride is a proven cavity fighter and when applied directly to teeth it bonds with other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel against decay. The fluoride treatment you receive at Dr. Mirani’s Beverly Hills office have a higher concentration of fluoride than over the counter fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste. These treatments also differ chemically and stay on the teeth longer.
What are the different types of Fluoride Treatments?
There are two basic types of professionally applied dental fluoride treatments: acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF), which is acidic, and neutral sodium fluoride, which is not. Each treatment can be used on either children or adults. The primary differences between the two treatments are the acidity levels, taste and frequency of application. Acidic fluoride treatments have a greater chance of irritating dry tissues or creating small pits in composite fillings so it has a limited application with respect to patient population. Neutral sodium fluoride usually is used for people who have dry mouth (xerostomia), tooth colored fillings, crowns, or bridges. The fluoride is PH Neutral and tends not to irritate teeth, gums or bodily systems however it must be applied more frequently than APF.
What can I expect during a Fluoride Treatment Procedure?
Dr. Mirani will apply the Fluoride as either as a gel, foam or varnish during the dental appointment. Fluoride can be applied by using a tray that looks like a mouth guard for one to four minutes. It can also be painted directly on the teeth. The technique used depends upon the patient’s individual requirements. After the application, the teeth are dried so the fluoride does not become diluted. The Fluorides comes in a variety of flavors and they should never be swallowed. In order to increase the fluoride's contact with the teeth try not to eat, drink or smoke for at least 30 minutes after the treatment.
Who can benefit from in office Fluoride Treatments?
Adults as well as children suffering from the following conditions can greatly benefit from in-office fluoride treatment:
- Dry mouth conditions: Dry mouth caused by diseases such as Sjögren's syndrome, certain medications (such as allergy medications, antihistamines, anxiety drugs, and high blood pressure drugs), and head and neck radiation treatment makes an individual more prone to tooth decay. The lack of saliva makes it harder for food particles to be washed away and acids to be neutralized.
- Gum disease: Also called gingivitis, gum disease can expose more of your tooth and tooth roots to bacteria increasing the chance of tooth decay.
History of frequent cavities: If you have one cavity every year or every other year, you might benefit from additional fluoride.
- Presence of crowns and/or bridges or braces: These treatments can put teeth at risk for decay at the point where the crown meets the underlying tooth structure or around the brackets of orthodontic appliances
How Do I know if I am a Candidate for Fluoride treatment?
Dr. Marini helps dental patients throughout Beverly Hills to achieve optimal oral heath through regular Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorations, checkups and cleanings. Call Dr. Mirani’s office today at (310) 858-5933 or email us to schedule your appointment and learn more about fluoride treatment.
Dr. Mirani is a General and Cosmetic Dentist serving Beverly Hills.