Fluoride Treatments

Dentists across the country have been using fluoride as a treatment for more than 50 years. Fluoride is a natural organic mineral that is readily found in most foods and water supplies. The amounts vary as in nature, but the dental professionals support the use of fluoride as a positive treatment against tooth decay. Toothpaste, mouthwashes and dental gels all provide topical fluoride. For many, the amount of fluoride they experience is not sufficient, so we recommend topical treatments of fluoride to our patients who have all of their secondary teeth in place. We can prescribe drops or gels should it be necessary.

Remember, fluoride alone is not an effective preventable tooth decay/oral health treatment on its own. It takes a comprehensive combination of well-balanced meal intake, reduction or elimination of sugar in the diet, regular check-ups, twice daily brushing of teeth and routine office visits for maintaining or restoring your smile.

How does it work?

Fluoride is known to strengthen teeth by passing through the outer layer (enamel) of your teeth, making your teeth much more decay resistant. We typically treat patients approximately twice a year, or when needed.

Foods we ingest as well as the local water distribution service in your community adds fluoride to the water, what is known as systemic fluoride. This and treatments in our offices are effective for all teeth that have erupted (permanent teeth) or lie beneath the gums.

What does fluoride treat specifically?

We may recommend and prescribe fluoride treatment in our offices as well as additional fluoride at home if the following issues are present:

  • Insufficient availability of fluoride in your community
  • Poor oral hygiene practices
  • Visible root surfaces above the gum
  • Pitting and/or fissures on the food-contact part of the teeth
  • Excessive ingestion of carbohydrates and sugars
  • History of tooth decay
  • Dry mouth (lack of saliva) due to medications or medical conditions

What about children?

Like most dentists, we recommend that infants be treated with fluoride in drop form. Should too much fluoride be consumed, their undeveloped teeth may experience fluorosis (white spotting on the teeth) once they have erupted.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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