Dental caries, the scientific name for cavities or tooth decay, is caused by the harmful acid-producing mouth bacteria that settles on teeth and under the gums. This sticky plaque can cause major damage in your mouth without proper dental care. That’s where a fluoride treatment from your Springfield, IL dentist can help.
Fluoride provides a powerful defense against cavities and helps to repair and strengthen damaged tooth enamel that has already shown signs of decay. It is common for communities like Springfield, IL to add fluoride to their water supplies for added protection. At Schön Dental, we can apply a high-grade topical fluoride to youngsters’ teeth and offer fluoride treatments to adults who are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
The professional-grade fluoride solution is stronger than fluoride products available in-store, like mouthwashes and tooth gels. At our dental office, a topical fluoride treatment is directly applied to our patients’ tooth enamel with either cotton or a brush. The process only takes several minutes to complete.
We may also suggest that you consume fluoridated water or nutritional supplements. Our dentists take your unique circumstances and dental history into account to create a customized oral health plan. We want all our patients to have a happy and healthy smile.
Good oral hygiene includes regular dental visits, brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing daily. Depending on your individual needs, your dentist at Schön Dental may recommend topical fluoride applications every 6-12 months, or possibly every 3 months. Patients at a higher risk for tooth decay may need more aggressive treatment. Whatever your needs, our dental officer will create a personal dental plan for you. Call to schedule an appointment today!