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Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been scientifically proven to prevent and shield against tooth decay. While fluoride is found in water and food supplies, our office may suggest an additional fluoride treatment if we feel it is necessary to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay. In Shelby Township, Michigan, fluoride is most often used for children and adolescents who still have growing teeth. This is because fluoride bonds with growing tooth enamel to make it stronger. Fluoride also works for adult patients by acting as a protective barrier against food particles and bacteria that are prone to causing decay. It is generally applied topically onto your teeth through a:
- Mouthwash – used daily at home
- Gel – prescribed by Dr. Van de Vyver
- Varnish – applied in the office at the end of your cleaning appointment
- Toothpaste – 2 times a day, for 2 minutes
If necessary, systemic fluoride (in pill form) may also be suggested. Our team is committed to providing you and all of the members of your family with the treatments you need for a healthier smile. Generally, a fluoride varnish application is provided during your routine dental cleanings and exams. If you are interested in learning more or have not been in to the see the dentist for some time, we encourage you to contact us at Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby Twp., MI today. Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, our caring dentist, is eager to take care of you, and make sure you have a healthy beautiful smile for life!