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Your dentist might recommend that you get fluoride treatment if you are at risk of developing cavities. This is especially in cases where the person at risk has no other ways of accessing fluoride and hence the treatment represents the quickest and easiest way to strengthen their teeth. The fluoride in the treatment comes as a paste, a gel or foam. This highly concentrated solution is then applied to the teeth using a brush or a cotton swab. Typically, this process takes only a few minutes and requires no anesthesia. The doctor might also recommend that you don’t eat anything for up to 30 minutes to allow the enamel in your teeth to absorb the fluoride.
This treatment is good for people who have little other ways of getting fluoride. For example, there are cities in the United States where this mineral is added to drinking water thus helping people with their fluoride intake. Some cities however don’t do this and residents of such cities might see fluoride treatment as a way of getting this vital mineral. This treatment is especially useful for children as the fluoride is absorbed better by their growing teeth. The treatment is also beneficial for adults as it helps protect the teeth surfaces from bacteria and cavities.