The Benefits of Fluoride
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in the earth and in some types of foods and helps to strengthen bones and dental enamel. The significance of fluoride in improving oral health has been supported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the WHO (World Health Organization), the American Medical Association (AMA), and several other professional organizations. Communities that put fluoride in their drinking water also report fewer cavities among their residents. At Byers Station Dental, we offer professional fluoride treatments to help children, teens, and adults protect their smiles against tooth decay. Find out more about the benefits of fluoride treatments during your dental exam with our experienced general dentists.
Are You a Candidate for Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride may be administered to patients of all ages, although is commonly recommended for children who have developing teeth, as this age group tends to be at a higher risk for decay. Our dentists may also suggest professional fluoride treatments for patients who do not drink fluoridated water or those with a history of cavities. In some instances, fluoride is applied to exposed tooth roots to help protect these structures while minimizing tooth sensitivity. Byers Station Dental may offer fluoride in a variety of flavors and application methods to make treatments more pleasant for all patients.
What Is the Application Process?
Fluoride treatments are generally given every six months immediately following a dental cleaning. Once you select your flavor, a team member will prepare your treatment as a rinse, foam, gel, or paint-on fluoride varnish. The fluoride will remain in contact with the teeth for about 1 – 4 minutes, depending on the formulation used so the fluoride ions can penetrate your enamel. Suction may be used to help remove any residual fluoride from your teeth once the treatment is complete. Our team will provide you with post-treatment instructions and may ask you to avoid rinsing your mouth, drinking, or eating for at least half an hour.
After Your Fluoride Treatment
Nausea and vomiting may take place if any fluoride is accidentally swallowed, but this should diminish within about 24 hours. Our dentists may prescribe fluoride tablets or prescription fluoridated toothpaste to use between treatments for patients who are at a higher risk for decay. Since fluoride can be toxic in high doses, adults should be cautious and keep supplements out of reach of children. Although professional fluoride treatments help to strengthen the enamel, it is still essential to follow a good oral hygiene routine with daily brushing and flossing. Our dentists will continue to monitor your family's need for fluoride treatments during routine dental checkups at our Chester Springs, PA practice.
Insurance Coverage for Fluoride
Many dental insurance companies cover in-office fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age. Before applying fluoride, we can review your family's plan and let you know of any anticipated costs. Byers Station Dental accepts a variety of convenient payment methods to help you manage any uncovered portion of your family's dental care.
Fight Tooth Decay With Fluoride
Ensure your family has healthy, strong smiles with fluoride treatments at Byers Station Dental. Our dentists and team offer professional fluoride treatments for children, teens, and adults with varying needs to help minimize the risk of cavities. Contact our office in Chester Springs, PA to schedule a dental cleaning with fluoride treatment and enjoy the long-term benefits of good oral health.