What is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a natural element in soil, certain foods, and water, regarded by the World Health Organization (WHO), American Medical Association (AMA), and American Dental Association (ADA) for its positive impact on teeth. In fact, cities that have added fluoride to their water see a reduction in cavities for the people who reside there. Made Ya Smile offers fluoride treatments in Missouri City, TX to protect your smile and fight against tooth decay. Our dentist and team provide comprehensive solutions for families through these treatments offered during your routine cleaning or dental examination. If you are prone to cavities and would like to learn more about fluoride, contact our friendly team.
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Who is a Candidate for Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments are given to patients ranging from children to adults to help the development of cavities and tooth decay. Those who do not live in a city with fluoridated water are excellent candidates for fluoride. Kids and teens, however, are at greater risk for dental issues, and fluoride could minimize their need for future fillings or restorations. While many common toothpaste brands contain fluoride, this may not be enough to maintain a healthy smile. Any adults who have a history of cavities, tooth decay, and gum recession can also benefit from these treatments. Our dentist makes this procedure as easy and comfortable as possible, with varnish, foam, or gel options in a range of flavors. Based on your specific needs and concerns, Made Ya Smile can also give you a prescription for fluoride supplements.
How is Fluoride Treatment Performed?
Patients can benefit from receiving a fluoride treatment during their twice-yearly cleanings or yearly examination. After the dental cleaning is complete, our team will administer the fluoride in one of a few different ways. Fluoride varnish can be painted on and in between the teeth, reaching into the grooves through your own saliva. Our staff can also use mouth trays for foam or gel applications so the minerals can stay in contact with the teeth for approximately 1 – 4 minutes. We then suction the fluoride out and provide you with follow-up instructions for home care.
What to Expect After Fluoride Treatment
To give the fluoride the right amount of time to absorb into the tooth enamel, try to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after your appointment at Made Ya Smile. If you received fluoride varnish, wait a few hours before eating any food that is crunchy, hard, or sticky. Our staff also asks that you observe caution when using over-the-counter fluoride products, especially in children, as fluoride can be dangerous when consumed in larger amounts. Fluoride is not the only way to keep teeth healthy and should be supplemented with a strict oral care routine at home along with regularly scheduled cleanings at Made Ya Smile.
Will My Insurance Cover My Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments are a preventive measure used to fight bacteria and build healthy enamel. When used for children, fluoride can be covered once or twice a year by your dental insurance provider. Made Ya Smile will call your provider to confirm your coverage. If you are not covered or you have personal expenses from this procedure, our team will gladly offer you alternative methods of payment, including in-office financing and third-party options.
Fluoride Treatment FAQ
How will fluoride protect teeth?
Fluoride varnish is known to protect and strengthen tooth enamel due to the minerals it contains. When the enamel is strengthened, it can prevent cavities.
When should a child start using fluoride toothpaste?
We recommend that your child start using toothpaste such as fluoride after around age three.
Can you have too much fluoride?
We only use fluoride varnish when it is necessary. It can be applied to the teeth four times a year or every three months. Some drinking water indeed includes higher levels of fluoride, but it's not likely to cause any harm to your teeth.
Fluoride Dental Treatment
Patients of every age can prevent the future development of cavities and decay with a professional fluoride treatment at Made Ya Smile. Our dentist may recommend fluoride during your annual examination or bi-annual cleaning at our clinic in Missouri City, TX. If you would like to learn more information about fluoride treatments about how they support healthy tooth enamel to positively impact your family's oral health, contact our local facility today.