Fluoride Treatment in La Mesa

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Our La Mesa fluoride treatment is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

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Fluoride works in two ways:

Topical fluoride

Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We generally get fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of a concentrated fluoride paste twice a year during dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride

Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

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“When I first went in for a check up I had some early signs of tooth decay. I got a fluoride treatment to help with cavity and tooth decay prevention. When I went back for my next visit, it actually helped to reversed the tooth decay! I definitely recommend getting a fluoride treatment from Dr. Feinberg!”

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Fluoride Treatments

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.

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Your La Mesa dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  1. Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
  2. Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  3. Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
  4. Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  5. Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
  6. Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments, or medications.
  7. Recent history of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride treatments alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis. If you'd like to find out more about our fluoride treatment La Mesa dentist, Dr. Richard Feinberg, at the San Diego Dental Center, can answer any questions you have during your regular dental checkups or a consultation. Call us today!

The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment.

Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

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