What is Fluoride Treatment?
The significance of fluoride in dental health has been acknowledged by the American Dental Association (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the AMA (American Medical Association), and other medical organizations. Communities that add fluoride to their water supply report fewer incidences of cavities and other problems with tooth decay among residents. A mineral found in certain foods and natural water sources, fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and bones and aids in decay prevention. Professional fluoride treatments may be recommended by our dentists at Plymouth Dental Group to protect the oral health and smiles of children, teens, and adults. If you are in the Plymouth or Kingston, MA area, speak with our team today and find out how fluoride treatments might benefit your family.
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Are You a Candidate for Fluoride?
Professional fluoride treatments may be administered to patients of all ages, though they are often recommended for children with developing teeth and teens who have not developed a good oral care routine at home. Our dentists also recommend fluoride treatments for adult patients who do not have a fluoridated water supply, who have root exposure (gum recession), or who are more susceptible to cavities. Plymouth Dental Group offers a variety of fluoride applications and flavors to make treatments easier for all patients.
How is Fluoride Treatment Performed?
Professional fluoride treatments are usually performed every six months immediately following your dental cleaning. As soon as you select your flavor, a team member will prepare your treatment as either a fluoride varnish, gel, foam, or rinse. The fluoride will be kept on the teeth for several minutes, giving the enamel time to absorb the fluoride particles. A suction tool may be used to help clear your mouth after the treatment. Our team will generally instruct you to avoid eating, drinking, or rinsing for about 30 minutes following your fluoride application.
What Can I Expect after Fluoride Treatment?
Stomach problems can occur if any fluoride is accidentally swallowed; however, this will usually diminish within 24 hours of your treatment. In certain cases, our dentists may prescribe fluoride supplement tablets to use at home. Since fluoride can be toxic in high amounts, adults should be very cautious and keep supplements out of reach of children. Although these treatments help to strengthen the teeth, it is still essential to continue or establish a good at-home oral care routine, including brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily. During regular preventive dentistry visits at Plymouth Dental Group, our dentists will continue to assess your family's need for fluoride treatments.
Is Fluoride Treatment Covered by Dental Insurance?
Many insurance companies cover fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age, but adults may not be covered in some cases. We will work to help you get the most coverage through your insurance before calculating any out-of-pocket costs. Plymouth Dental Group offers several convenient payment selections to help your family get the care needed for lasting oral health.
Protect Your Family's Oral Health
Help your family maintain strong, healthy teeth with professional fluoride treatments at Plymouth Dental Group. Our dentists often recommend fluoride treatments for younger patients with developing teeth and adults who may need extra protection for their smiles. Contact our office in the Plymouth and Kingston, MA area to reserve your visit for a professional cleaning with a fluoride treatment.