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80 Bowery Suite 400
New York, NY 10013
Fluoride is one of the most common ingredients in every toothpaste on the market. Its main use is to prevent cavities and buildup by protecting and strengthening the enamel. However, only a small amount of fluoride is actually in toothpastes. In-office fluoride treatments are concentrated amounts of fluoride directly applied to teeth's surface with a small brush.
Is fluoride safe?
Yes, studies have shown that fluoride is safe in small amounts. Ingesting large amounts can lead to fluoride poisoning. Fluoride treatments, although involved concentrated fluoride, are used in small amounts.
What is fluoride for?
Fluoride is typically used for young children as a preventative measure for cavities. Children are often not as careful or responsible with dental hygiene as we want them to be. Fluoride treatments at least twice a year will help them fight cavities until they learn better brushing habits.
Fluoride treatments can also to treat mild gum recession. When gum recedes, previously covered parts of the tooth become exposed. These areas are less tolerant of extreme temperatures. Sharp pain can radiate from the area. Fluoride acts as a temporary barrier to protect the tooth and help build up the enamel.
Before You Come In:Usually, fluoride treatment is provided after the routine cleaning. Alternatively, if you are coming in only for a fluoride treatment, please brush well before your appointment.
What You Can Expect Afterwards: Fluoride is often described as very sticky. Do not eat for about half hour to an hour after fluoride treatment. Before eating, make sure to brush your teeth to remove fluoride residue.
80 Bowery Suite 400
New York, NY 10013
Calculus (hardened material), plaque and tartar can
build up over time naturally, even when we try our
best to keep everything clean. Some areas are just hard
to reach with regular toothbrushes. If left untouched,
this can lead to periodontal disease, infected nerves, and
severe decay. Ultrasonic vibrations from an office
cleaning can knock off any residual buildup and clinical
strength prophylactic paste can be used to help
strengthen and protect enamel in addition to daily routine cleanings.
Generally, for new patients, we recommend a series of x-rays to start off with to aid the doctor in her examination of the internal health of their teeth. In response to the rising concern of radiation-related illness, our office only uses digital x-rays which minimizes the already small amount of radiation emitted by x-ray machines. We also take precautionary steps to reduce the necessity of x-rays by taking perfect quality images and only taking what is dentally necessary.
As part of our quality care, the cleaning is performed by Dr. Lee personally so that from start to finish, each patient has the doctor’s undivided attention. The cleaning removes all plaque buildup, tartar, and calculus (hardened material) on and between teeth above the gums using ultrasonic vibrations (Please see Periodontic Scaling and Root Planning to find out about cleaning under the gums). Harder to remove calculus will be gently scraped off. After the cleaning, your teeth will be polished with prophylactic paste. Fluoride in the paste will help to fortify the enamel and temporarily prevent staining.
Last but not least is the exam followed by a discussion with you- the patient. Dr. Lee will take into account any concerns or problems you are facing. Between your response, the x-rays, exam and cleaning, Dr. Lee will have a complete diagnosis of your dental health. In addition to examining the condition of your teeth, gums and jaw, Dr. Lee will also perform an oral cancer check.
Although Dr. Lee strives to provide the best dental care, treatment is always at your discretion. She will advise you on any problem areas she notes and suggest treatment plans. Patients always have the option to postpone or defer the recommended treatment.
Before You Come In: Please be aware that although we treat children, some children under the age of six may require specialized care from a pediatric dentist. If you are pregnant, undergoing medical/dental procedures, or taking medication that may affect your health during your appointment, please let our front desk know.
What You Can Expect Afterwards: Your teeth will feel normal or will feel smoother, and possibly sharper where calculus was removed. If fluoride was applied separately, your teeth will feel sticky. Please avoid eating, drinking or brushing your teeth for half an hour and do not try to lick off the fluoride. After half an hour, you may brush the remaining fluoride off.
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