Fluoride Treatment In Waterdown

This wonder element, naturally present in drinking water, is crucial to oral health. The best sources of fluoride intake are food, water, and supplements. We all need a certain daily supplementation of fluoride, be it kids or adults. Always cross-check your toothpaste for its fluoride content in the ingredients before purchase.

We at Magnolia Dental suggest applying fluoride, which restores calcium and phosphate by showing up in saliva and helps repair damaged tooth enamel. Additionally, these minerals increase the teeth’s resistance to further decay.

If you have weak enamel, a dry mouth, poor oral health, dentures, or dental crowns, your dentist will apply a fluoride based varnish that will help protect your teeth.

Types of fluoride treatments that are offered by the dentist:

In the event that you require additional fluoride, the dentist will recommend a dental fluoride treatment option at the clinic.  

1. Fluoride application:

Fluoride gels: Your dentist will put a fluoride gel or foam on your teeth and leave it there for a while.

Fluoride varnish: Fluoride is brushed onto your teeth during an in-office procedure known as fluoride varnish. It will remain there until it is absorbed by the teeth or is brushed off after a few hours.

We do not believe in surprising our patients, so let’s take this opportunity to understand how the fluoride application process works:

The package is opened in front of the patient to ensure no storage time. After cleaning and drying, fluoride will be administered to the teeth. The teeth are painted with the varnish, which dries swiftly. In order for it to penetrate tooth enamel and begin the process of gradually releasing fluoride, it should be kept on the teeth for several hours or even overnight. The teeth can still be brushed to remove the varnish and used as normal (for eating and drinking).

Quick facts: 

  1. When varnish comes into contact with saliva, it hardens, allowing the patient to finish the treatment faster.
  2. Any extra varnish may become coagulants to spots and will fall off.
  3. It is advised that the patient be told to limit their diet to soft foods and cold beverages for two hours following treatment.

2. Dental sealants:

80% of cavities are avoided by dental sealants.

Cavities can be avoided by applying dental sealants, which are thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars).

Other forms of topical fluoride:


1. Fluoride Toothpaste.

The most widely used is fluoridated toothpaste. Doctor prescribed fluoride toothpaste contains 5,000 ppm sodium fluoride.

Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Fluoride levels in saliva rise by 100–1,000 times after using fluoridated toothpaste and then return to normal in 1–2 hours. Fluoride toothpastes typically contain sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, or stannous fluoride as active ingredients. Dental plaque and demineralized enamel directly absorb the fluoride in toothpaste. Additionally, it increases the amount of fluoride in saliva.

There are “training toothpastes,” which we at Magnolia Dental advise you to use if your child is under three years old. If they accidentally swallow some training toothpaste, they won’t get sick because it doesn’t contain fluoride. If your child is under three years old, it is recommended using a “smear” of fluoride toothpaste and brushing their teeth once in the morning and once at night. The size of this smear shouldn’t exceed a rice grain. If your child is older than three years old, put a pea-sized amount on their toothbrush.

2. Fluoride Mouthwash

Sodium fluoride is the fluoride substance that is most frequently found in mouthwash. For daily rinsing, use 0.05% sodium fluoride solutions (230 ppm fluoride). Fluoride mouth rinse is a concentrated solution that should be rinsed out with water after use and is recommended for daily or weekly use. A dentist or doctor must issue a prescription for stronger mouth rinses (such as 0.2% neutral sodium fluoride to be used once per week) for people who are at high risk of tooth decay. Additionally, 0.2% sodium fluoride solutions (920 ppm fluoride) are employed.

3. Systemic Fluorides

Due to fluoride’s presence in saliva, these fluorides offer both topical and systemic protection.

Systemic fluorides, such as dietary fluoride supplements and community water fluoridation, are effective in lowering tooth decay.

Fluoride in the form of tablets and lozenges come in doses of 1 mg or 0.5 mg; sodium fluoride, is the active component found in the majority of them. These are designed to be chewed or sucked for 1–2 minutes before being swallowed in order to maximize the topical effects of fluoride.

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Fluoride treatment in Waterdown

Dentists, who are trained for fluoride application, can benefit us in the following ways:
  • Reduce teeth sensitivity
  • Halt on-going decay
  • Reverse decay
  • Prevent complicated dental treatments in the future

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should you leave fluoride treatment on your teeth?

After giving the fluoride dental varnish about 10 seconds to dry, the patient closes their mouth. When varnish comes into contact with saliva, it hardens, allowing the patient to leave right away.

How does the dentist do a fluoride treatment?

Fluoride-based sealants and varnishes can be applied topically, or fluoride-based toothpastes, mouthwashes, or tablets can be prescribed.

How long after fluoride treatment can I brush?

This waiting period gives the fluoride time to work its magic on your tooth enamel.

Your dentist or dental hygienist will advise you to wait 30 minutes after receiving fluoride treatment before eating or drinking.