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What To Eat After Fluoride Treatment?

May 31, 2024

Cavities are a pain in the...enamel.

But there is a treatment that can save you from all the pain! What's that? Fluoride!

Studies show that professional fluoride treatments can reduce cavities by up to 40%. [source]. That's almost half! But to maximize the benefits of this preventive procedure, understanding what to eat after fluoride treatment (and avoid) is key. So, let's delve into what fluoride treatment is and what to keep in mind regarding your post-treatment diet. 

What is Fluoride Treatment? 

A fluoride treatment is a preventive dental procedure that strengthens tooth enamel and helps in preventing tooth decay. It can be delivered in various forms, including gels, rinses, foams, or varnishes applied during a dental cleaning.  

Fluoride plays a vital role in keeping our teeth strong and healthy by remineralizing enamel, the hard outer layer of our teeth. This remineralization process helps repair tiny areas of erosion caused by plaque and sugar, preventing cavities from forming. 

Now back to the question at hand: What should you eat after fluoride treatment? 

What Foods Are Ideal After Fluoride Treatment?

Following a fluoride treatment, your goal is to choose foods that are kind to your teeth and gums while allowing the fluoride to work its magic. Since some fluoride treatments, like varnishes, can leave a slightly rough coating, opt for soft foods that require minimal chewing.

Drinking plenty of water is crucial after a fluoride treatment since water helps your body absorb the fluoride and keeps your mouth hydrated, keeping a healthy environment for your teeth and gums. 

Here's a quick list of foods that are gentle on your gums and teeth and won't interfere with the fluoride treatment:

    • Soft fruits (bananas, berries)
    • Yogurt
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Applesauce
    • Boiled eggs

What Not To Eat After Fluoride Treatment? 

After your fluoride treatment, there are certain things you should avoid to maximize the treatment's effectiveness. Here's a short list:

  • Citrus fruits: These fruits are acidic and can interfere with the fluoride bonding to your teeth.
  • Crunchy foods: These can irritate your gums, especially if you received a fluoride varnish treatment that leaves a slightly rough coating.
  • Hot drinks: Hold off on that coffee or tea! Hot beverages can disrupt the fluoride's absorption process.

Can I Eat Hot Food After Fluoride Treatment?

After a fluoride treatment, it’s best to avoid hot food for at least 6 hours as hot temperatures can cause the fluoride to break down or evaporate more quickly, reducing its effectiveness in strengthening your teeth. Stick to lukewarm or cold foods for the first few hours after the treatment. This allows the fluoride ample time to work its magic and ensures a comfortable post-treatment experience for your mouth. 

When Can I Brush My Teeth After Fluoride Treatment?

You'll need to wait a bit before brushing your teeth after receiving a fluoride treatment.  Generally, dentists recommend that you should wait for about six hours to allow the fluoride maximum time to strengthen your enamel.

Your Dream Smile, Our Artistry! 

Fluoride treatments are a valuable tool for maintaining strong teeth and gums and preventing tooth decay. By following these simple guidelines on eating after fluoride treatment, you can ensure you get the most out of the procedure.

Ready to schedule a fluoride treatment or dental cleaning? Contact Raio Dental today! Our experienced team is dedicated to providing exceptional preventive and cosmetic dentistry services in New York. Visit our website Raio Dental to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

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