You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” “Fluoride toothpaste” can be found everywhere for a good reason. Fluoride is a vital mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpaste more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the harmful acid that is formed by bacteria. Dr. Bill Dorfman may recommend a fluoride treatment in Los Angeles along with your dental cleaning.
The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a straightforward and painless way to strengthen your teeth and preserve an attractive smile.
While many Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in fortifying developing teeth in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. For this reason, fluoride treatments in Los Angeles are sometimes recommended to adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or cavities. If you wonder if you or your child are getting enough fluoride, talk to Dr. Dorfman about fluoride supplements. Dr. Dorfman will let you know if they are required and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s counsel. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to cavities.
A factor that affects the amount of fluoride your babies are receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your children may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated California municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to examine supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands sold in the Beverly Hills area do not contain fluoride.
If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, communicate with Dr. Dorfman about beneficial dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from dental cavities. Dr. Dorfman is dedicated to preventative dentistry with important twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings that may include a fluoride treatment in Los Angeles. Call 310-277-5678 to book an exam and cleaning and be on your way to a healthy, pleasing smile!
Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is located at 2080 Century Park E Ste 1601 in Los Angeles. We provide first-rate dental care with a comprehensive menu of general and cosmetic dental care including sedation dentistry, Zoom whitening, and cosmetic dentistry. Bill Dorfman is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You can learn more about the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry at their website.