Why is it important to have regular comprehensive dental exams?
Routine dental exams are one of the best ways to spot potential dental issues and treat mild dental issues before they progress. Early diagnosis for problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer results in more cost-effective treatment options being available to the patient that tend to require fewer or shorter appointments as well. For example, if gingivitis is caught before it turns into periodontal disease, it can sometimes be reversed with a deep dental cleaning and enhanced at-home oral care routine.
What is a fluoride treatment?
Fluoride treatments are a quick, inexpensive preventive treatment that can help strengthen tooth enamel and reverse early signs of tooth decay. After the teeth have been professionally cleaned, a safe amount of highly-concentrated fluoride is applied to the surface of the teeth. The patient should not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after the treatment to allow the teeth to completely absorb the fluoride. Fluoride treatments are typically recommended for children to help them strengthen their teeth, but they can be utilized by patients of all ages.