Fluoride Treatments – Are They Beneficial?
By Karen, treatment assistant for Julie M Gillis, DDS
Fluoride Treatments – should your child have them? As a treatment assistant for Dr. Julie Gillis, I have the pleasure of seeing many young patients. One of the services we provide for our young patients is a fluoride treatment when they come in for their dental cleaning. Along with x-rays, cleaning and an exam with the doctor, a fluoride treatment is a very important part of your child’s visit. The goal of fluoride is to help prevent cavities and it also serves to decrease tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that produce acids that weaken the enamel.
Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and helps protect the teeth from damage. In our office we use fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a quick and simple way to help protect teeth. Fluoride varnish is applied directly to clean teeth with a small brush.
One of the benefits of using a fluoride varnish is it leaches fluoride into tooth structure for several weeks after being applied. In between visits, make sure your child is using a fluoride tooth paste. Our office at 1190 Bookcliff Avenue Suite 201 in Grand Junction, Colorado would love to see you and your children. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have at 970-242-3635.
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