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Do you have questions about fluoride? If so, you’re not alone. Many people think of fluoride and get confused or even overwhelmed. To help you learn more about fluoride, Dr. Lida M. Vargas and our dental team will be happy to give you the answers to frequently asked questions about fluoride in Fairfax, Virginia.

What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that you can find in many natural resources. In fact, you can find mineral in water (especially tap water) and certain types of food. This mineral strengthens and nourishes your teeth and gives them the ability to fight tooth decay and enamel erosion.

How can I get fluoride?
The best way you can nourish your teeth with fluoride is by drinking tap water (your city has fluoridated your water for your benefit) and using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your teeth. You can also receive fluoride by taking fluoride supplements and by receiving a professional fluoride treatment at Virginia Dental Group.

What is a professional fluoride treatment?
At our office, fluoride treatments are provided after your regular dental cleaning and exam. They usually come in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish, and they are typically flavored to make the treatment more enjoyable. We will either paint the fluoride over your teeth or place the fluoride in a mouth tray and put the mouth tray on your smile. At this point, you will wait for the fluoride to soak into your teeth. Once enough time has passed, you will rinse your mouth with cool water.

To learn more about fluoride or to ask your dentist about the appropriate amount of fluoride for your smile, please call Virginia Dental Group at 703-385-3800 and schedule an appointment. When you come into our office, we will be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.