Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.  The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Fluoride works in two ways:

Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay.  We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.  Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.

Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums.  We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies.  It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician.  Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years.  It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests.  If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay.  Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
  • Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
  • Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
  • Recent history of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay!  It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

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I hated my smile. I was very self conscious, but Dr. Episcopio changed that for me. I get compliments all the time and I love my new smile. Thank you Dr. Episcopio and his amazing office team!

Alison Groia

Teeth...the focus of my smile - they were my embarrassment, my hindrance. I'd cover my mouth when I'd laugh or smile.
Teeth...NOW - my teeth are my asset! Dr. Episcopio have me back my smile, my love of laughter! Dr. Episcopio gave me the teeth that I am proud of showing, a new me! I am forever grateful to him and his staff, and as I say that I'm smiling wide!!

Alison Wright

Dr. Episcopio has been my dentist for some time now. He had spoken to me about veneers in the past but I always put it off. Finally 6 months before I turned 50 I made the decision to go ahead with it. Wow! I wish I would have made that decision a long time ago. I had learned to smile with my mouth closed or just not at all. My front teeth definitely made me look older than I wanted to admit. I have had many compliments on my appearance since then.
When a child has a secret, they have that little smile. Right now, I have that smile, because I have a secret that I would like to share. Make an appointment with Dr. Lenny. He's the best around. I can tell you that from the bottom of my heart to the smile on my face. His staff is also the best you will find. Caring, compassionate and willing to work with you to make it happen. So visit their office and remember.........SMILE!

Carolyn Sicheri

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