If you have been searching for a safe and effective way to give your teeth a little extra protection against tooth decay, we’d like to recommend our high-quality fluoride treatments. When you combine fluoride treatments with a thorough at-home oral care routine, you are setting yourself up for success when it comes to avoiding cavities and other dental problems. Let our team know that you are interested in getting a fluoride treatment at your next appointment and we will be more than happy to make it happen.
The Fluoride Treatment Process
The first step in the fluoride treatment process involves drying the teeth using gauze or a cotton product of some kind. This allows the fluoride varnish to stick to the teeth better so that it can be absorbed completely. Next, a small brush is used to expertly coat the front, top, and back of each tooth in clear fluoride varnish. Once this is done, the treatment is complete and you are free to eat and drink after 30 minutes. Since the varnish is virtually undetectable on the teeth, you can go about the rest of your day while the fluoride is being absorbed.
The Benefits of Using Fluoride
Fluoride treatments offer a number of great benefits for patients who choose to utilize them. For starters, they are quick, inexpensive, and are not known to cause pain or discomfort of any kind. High concentrations of fluoride help strengthen tooth enamel and can even reverse the beginning signs of tooth decay, which saves time and money on getting cavities filled. Overall, the main benefits of receiving a fluoride treatment include the following:
- Prevents Tooth Decay
- Can Reverse Small Cavities
- Strengthens Weak Tooth Enamel
- Can Save Time & Money on Restorative Care
- Short and Painless Treatment
- Offers Long-Lasting Protection Between Dental Visits
Frequently Asked Questions
Is fluoride safe to use?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in soil and water. Many cities also add small amounts of fluoride to their water supplies to help their residents maintain positive oral health. In small amounts, fluoride is perfectly safe.
Do adults need fluoride treatments?
Fluoride treatments are an optional preventive service that can help patients of all ages. Even though many insurance plans only cover the cost of fluoride treatments for kids and teens, older patients are welcome and encouraged to utilize fluoride treatments. The out-of-pocket costs for fluoride treatments tend to be quite affordable.
How long do I have to wait to brush my teeth after getting a fluoride treatment?
Generally speaking, the longer you can wait to brush the fluoride varnish off your teeth, the better. We typically recommend that patients try to wait 4-6 hours after their appointments to brush their teeth if possible.
Ready to schedule your next routine appointment? Have more questions about our fluoride treatment services? Give our office a call or use our convenient contact form to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable team members.