Sherry L. Padgett, DMD
What is Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a clear coating of topical fluoride applied to teeth to strengthen enamel and reduce risk for tooth decay and dental sensitivity. These topical varnishes are typically applied during dental checkups, but some patients with severe tooth sensitivity or chronic decay, at-home fluoride varnishes may also be recommended. No treatment is right for every patient, but for many adults, fluoride varnish is an effective way to strengthen teeth and prevent decay.
What Should I Expect From Fluoride Treatment?
Topical fluoride treatment is quick and painless. You may not even notice your fluoride varnish is in place until your dentist warns against eating for the next thirty minutes to an hour. We’ll simply dry your teeth after your examination and teeth cleaning. Then, we apply a coating of fluoride varnish. Once dry, the fluoride will remain in place and strengthen your smile.
Who Should Consider Topical Fluoride?
Many patients think topical fluoride is just for kids with cavities or those who live in areas where there isn’t fluoridated drinking water. However, topical fluoride treatments can benefit a wide range of patients, including:
Kids who are still developing healthy teeth and healthy oral hygiene routines
Adults who have dental sensitivity
Adults who experience chronic tooth decay
Adults who have excessive dental wear or thin tooth enamel
How Does Fluoride Varnish Help?
Once in place, fluoride varnish works to attract minerals that strengthen and fortify porous tooth enamel. When applied during regular six month checkups, topical fluoride treatments reduce risk for tooth decay and increase tooth enamel density between office visits, ensuring patients of all ages can make their most of their at-home hygiene routines.
Teeth Whitening: A Springtime Smile Makeover
It’s spring, and we’re all freshening up our skin, faces, and wardrobe. When you’re planning your springtime makeover, consider the dazzling benefits of a brighter smile through professional teeth whitening. A beaming grin can make you look years younger, infusing you with confidence at work and with friends. Whether you’re a glowing bride-to-be or planning a tropical Spring Break or Summer Vacation, you’ll smile wider knowing your teeth sparkle in all your memorable photos.
What’s Involved in a Teeth Whitening Smile Makeover?
Just like with any makeover, teeth whitening is customized to your unique look, and our dentists will work with you to help achieve your ideal appearance. While at-home teeth whitening kits are available, nothing is safer and stronger than a professional treatment. It can be done in one appointment and only takes 30 to 90 minutes. You’ll find a quick teeth-whitening session may be the fastest task on your spring makeover to-do list. We recommend professional teeth whitening about two to three weeks before your big event. We can prescribe whitening solutions to help maintain your picture-perfect smile at home.
How Do I Maintain My Dazzling, White Smile?
If you’re planning a wedding or big trip, you’ll want those pearly whites to stay gleaming. Here are a few tips for maintaining white, healthy teeth while you plan for your big day.
Pay attention to staining foods: Avoid coffee, tea, and red wine. If you must drink them, swish with water and brush thoroughly afterwards.
Drink lots of water: Water is great for your teeth, as well as your skin, diet, and energy levels. Drink up!
Chew sugarless gum: Chewing gum helps generate saliva, which naturally cleanses your teeth and freshens your breath.
Proper dental hygiene: Brushing and flossing regularly always keeps your teeth healthy and white!
Whether you’re planning to wear a white dress or head to sandy beaches, you want your spring and summertime photographs to show off a gleaming smile. While you’re shopping for the perfect outfit and booking those spa visits, remember: A healthy, white smile never goes out of style!