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What have you heard of dental fluoride treatments? There are a few conflicting opinions. Many believe that fluoride can help you prevent a number of serious issues—but others claim that using fluoride is actually dangerous. Before you make these decisions yourself, we recommend considering both the benefits and risks of fluoride.

Many argue that the benefits of fluoride far outweigh the risks. In fact, fluoride can reduce tooth decay by up to 25%. However, it’s important to remember that fluoride can affect your kids differently—especially if they’re younger than twelve. You should also avoid using toothpaste with fluoride in it until you’re certain your little one can spit out their toothpaste. Your child would need to ingest a huge amount of fluoride before it would cause any real damage, but avoiding the issue altogether is generally considered preferable.

Many dentists offer fluoride treatments. These treatments don’t usually take more than a few minutes and can come in many forms, including a gel, foam, or varnish. If you decide on this treatment, we’ll apply your fluoride with a cotton swab, brush, or with a tray. After the treatment, you should avoid foods and beverages for at least 30 minutes. This will give your teeth a chance to absorb the fluoride.

If you have any questions about how fluoride will affect your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Granite Bay, California, by calling us at 916-791-7227. Our dentist, Dr. Keven R. Mills, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re excited to meet with you soon.