Fluoride Treatment

A Word From Dental Hygienist Liz: Prescription Toothpaste Now Available at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on September 12, 2012. Filed under: Clinpro 5000, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Fluoride Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Prescription Toothpaste, Teeth | Tags: , , , , |

Friendly Dental Hygienist at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandWe are excited to now be offering prescription anti-cavity toothpaste right here at Smile Savers Dentistry. Clinpro 5000 toothpaste delivers more fluoride, helps strengthen enamel and repairs early lesions better than conventional 5000 ppm prescription fluoride toothpastes. This prescription toothpaste helps to eliminate sensitivity, can reduce sensitivity before whitening, strengthens enamel, helps reverse white spot lestions and helps further prevent caries for high caries risk patients.

The optimized formula in Clinpro 5000 toothpaste makes it an outstanding choice. It contains fluoride as well as calcium and phosphate, which are components naturally found in saliva. Clinpro 5000 inhibits demineralization and enhances remineralization. The flouride in the toothpaste inhibits the process by which bacteria metabolize carbs and sugars to help reduce the formation of caries. Clinpro 5000 delivers more fluoride to the tooth than other leading brands tested!

Please ask me about this toothpaste during your next cleaning or, if you don’t want to wait, call or stop by the Smile Savers Dentistry office for a tube. We are offering the 4 oz. flip-top tube in the pleasant tasting, spearmint flavored paste for $25. Cheaper than Amazon!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Beth: Fluoride Varnish

Posted on July 11, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Fluoride Treatment, Fluoride Varnish, General Dentistry, Xerostomia | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Beth at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
What is Fluoride Varnish?

Fluoride varnish is a sticky substance that is painted on to the teeth with a tiny brush to prevent new cavities and stop cavities that have already started. It is quick, painless and doesn’t have a bad taste. The protection from fluoride varnish can last for several months after application.

Who should get Fluoride Varnish Treatments?

Fluoride is safe and recommended for children of all ages – you should know children as young as 12 to 18 months can get cavities!

But fluoride isn’t just for children. Adults can also benefit from fluoride varnish. Some reasons adults may require additional fluoride:

  • Tooth decay in the past (susceptible get more)
  • Head and neck radiation / Xerostomia patients (more susceptible to decay because of the lack of saliva)
  • Gum recession (roots are exposed and could be targeted by bacteria)
  • Bridge or crowns (margins can be hiding places for bacteria that cause decay)
  • Braces (catch food and bacteria that can harm and discolor the teeth)

We know now that people can keep their teeth for much longer than was previously possible. With the use of fluoride and good oral hygiene practices you can ensure that your teeth remain healthy as you age. Start today – ask your favorite Smile Savers dental hygienist for a fluoride varnish!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: Benefits of Fluoride

Posted on May 2, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Fluoride Treatment, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
Fluorine (from which fluoride is derived) is actually a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods, water and in the air.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also has the ability to reverse early decay areas.

Each day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes: demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids, formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth, attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are then redeposited to the enamel layer from the foods and water we consume. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer will eventually lead to tooth decay.

Children and adults who are at low risk of dental decay can stay cavity-free through frequent exposure to small amounts of fluoride. New research indicates that topical fluoride, from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and in-office fluoride treatments, are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth. Fluoride supplements are also available as liquids or tablets but must be prescribed by your dentist.

The following are certain conditions that may offer an increased risk of tooth decay and would therefore benefit from additional fluoride treatment:

  • Dry mouth conditions
  • Gum disease – Also called gingivitis, gum disease can expose more of your tooth and tooth roots to bacteria increasing the chance of tooth decay
  • History of frequent cavities
  • Presence of crowns and/or bridges or braces

If you have more questions about fluoride, feel free to ask me during your next visit to the office!

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