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The Difference Between Traditional Fluoride Treatments and Fluoride Varnish

Kids may have noticed something different at their regular dental cleanings and checkups. The tart flavored fluoride gel that is usually brushed on our worn in a foam tray for 5 minutes is, in some places, being replaced with a fluoride varnish. Varnish is quicker to apply and reduces the discomfort or possible gag reflex in sensitive patients. It is simply brushed onto the teeth using a very small paintbrush type applicator. Only a small amount of the product is needed for the entire mouth.

Most of all, fluoride varnishes have several benefits over traditional gel fluorides. The contact time of varnish is much greater, increasing the absorption into the tooth. Normal fluoride requires you to not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after the application, but with varnish you have no such dietary restrictions. All that is needed is to avoid brushing the teeth for at least 6 hours, to allow the fluoride to have continuous uptake through the highly viscous application. One con to fluoride varnish however, is that it is thick and has a slightly yellowish tint, leaving a thin film across the tooth after it has been applied. Some people find this annoying after just having their teeth cleaned, but the benefits greatly outweigh any temporary inconveniences.

Fluoride applications during your routine preventive care appointment can help re-mineralize weakened areas of tooth enamel and decrease your risk of developing tooth decay.  Most of the time, fluoride is only applied on patients up to the age of 14. It’s also effective for for adults and teens that battle tooth sensitivity across their mouth or on specific teeth.

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental



Benefits of Regular Flossing

You may have wondered if flossing was really necessary.  After all, you brush twice a day, and you see your dentist on a regular basis.  Do you really need to floss?

The quick answer is yes.  Flossing helps to remove plaque, tiny bits of food and other debris that sometimes is caught between your teeth.  These food particles, plaque and debris are not easy to remove with a toothbrush, and may become stuck if left for a long period of time. These particles can form cavities, tartar or calculus if left in place for long periods of time, and may cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed.  In combination with regular dental cleanings and checkups, flossing and brushing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental floss is designed to easily slip or slide between your teeth to remove these particles safely and effectively.  For the best results when flossing, you should floss at least once a day, and then immediately brush afterwards to remove any particles that may have become dislodged during the flossing process.

When you are flossing, gently glide the floss between each tooth along the gum line.  Do not forget to floss the back teeth and at the end of the mouth.  To floss well, use about 12-18 inches of floss, and remove the debris or small particles from the floss in between each tooth.

If you are having problems getting a piece of floss to fit between your teeth, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about different flossing options.  There are devices that can be used to help move the floss in the right direction, and there are different types, consistencies and thickness of flosses that are well suited for different mouth sizes and shapes.  Your dentist will be able to make a recommendation that is best for you based on your mouth and teeth size.

Posted on the behalf of Muccioli Dental


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