Fluoride Treatment – Austin, TX
Fluoride Varnish and Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments
The biggest threat to the health of your smile is tooth decay. Although you can prevent it with the right oral hygiene habits at home and regular visits to your dentist, virtually all Americans have had at least one cavity. In fact, over 42% of children have had a cavity in a baby tooth and 91% of adults have had one in a permanent tooth. Dr. Candace Bruno can help make your smile resistant to cavities with a fluoride treatment in North Austin. Besides a traditional fluoride varnish, you can also enjoy a new option to stop decay in its tracks called Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF).
Fluoride is often referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter” because it is proven to keep your enamel strong and healthy. The naturally occurring substance helps remineralize weakened areas of enamel to stop them from turning into a cavity. In some cases, it can even reverse the early stages of decay to prevent the need for a dental filling.
Research shows as much as 33% of cavities are prevented when fluoride is used. Not only can you receive it from public water sources and toothpastes but also during your routine dental appointments. Your dentist in North Austin, Dr. Bruno, offers fluoride varnishes as part of her preventive care.
After your teeth are cleaned, the varnish is painted on them. Your teeth absorb it in a matter of minutes; however, it is best to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 20 minutes after it is applied. Although the treatment is often recommended for children, you are never too old to benefit from the protection of fluoride.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Now, you can also enjoy a revolutionary new treatment that has been used to treat burns and other conditions for decades – Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF). The colorless liquid kills bacteria responsible for tooth decay. It has shown to have nearly a 75% success rate when used to prevent and stop the progression of tooth decay. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties are combined with the power of fluoride to stop cavities from forming in the first place. It also prevents current decay from worsening.
The American Dental Association supports its use as part of cavity control and management until a filling can be placed. The tooth is cleaned and dried before a small brush is used to apply the liquid to a tooth. The entire process takes about 2 minutes, but it is best to avoid eating or drinking anything for 1 hour. You may notice some slight discoloration of the tooth or gingival tissue, but it is only temporary.
The low cost and effective treatment is safe for both children and adults to keep your family’s smiles cavity-free.
Protect Your Smile Today
Give your smile the added protection it needs to ward off tooth decay. Ask us about our fluoride treatment options during your next preventive visit. Contact our office today to schedule a cleaning and checkup.