What Is Dental Fluoride?
Fluoride treatments are cavity prevention services that can help strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay. The significance of fluoride to dental health has been recognized by several professional organizations, including the ADA (American Dental Association) and the American Medical Association (AMA). It is a natural mineral found in the earth and added to drinking water supplies in many communities to help lower the risk of cavities among residents. Our seasoned practitioners provide professional fluoride treatments for Bellmead, TX patients to minimize the chance of tooth decay and help patients maintain healthier teeth. Schedule a visit at ACE Dental of Bellmead to learn more about the benefits of fluoride for children and adults.
When Is Fluoride recommended?
Professional fluoride treatments can be ideal for patients of all age groups. However, this service is most commonly provided for children or individuals who haven't yet developed a good oral care routine at home. Our experienced dentists might also suggest fluoride treatments for those who do not consume fluoridated drinking water or who are more susceptible to cavities. In addition, orthodontic patients can benefit from fluoride treatments, as maintaining a healthy oral environment in the presence of metal braces can often be a challenge. Topical fluoride has been found to alleviate tooth sensitivity for some patients and help protect tooth roots exposed from gum recession.
How Are Fluoride Treatments Applied?
Fluoride treatments are typically performed twice a year during dental cleaning and exam visits. ACE Dental of Bellmead offers fluoride in several flavors to help make these treatments more pleasant for all patients. After your flavor is selected, one of our dental hygienists will prepare the treatment as either a paint-on fluoride varnish, rinse, gel, or foam. The solution will be kept on the teeth for 1 – 4 minutes, depending on the formulation so the fluoride ions can penetrate the enamel. The hygienist will remove the fluoride from your mouth and may use suction to help eliminate any excess solution. You may need to wait 30 minutes before eating, drinking, or rinsing following your fluoride treatment.
What Should I Expect After a Fluoride Treatment?
Stomach upset may occur if you accidentally swallow any fluoride, but this will usually subside about a day after treatment. In certain instances, our dentists may recommend supplemental fluoride tablets to use between treatments. Since fluoride is toxic in large amounts, it's important to be cautious and prevent children from accessing these supplements. Although professional fluoride treatments help to strengthen the enamel, we still encourage you to follow a good oral care routine at home by brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing. During your routine dental checkups at ACE Dental of Bellmead, our team will continue to assess your oral health and the need for professional fluoride treatments.
Are Fluoride Treatments Covered by Insurance?
A number of dental insurance companies cover fluoride treatments for younger patients, but these services for older teens and adults may not always be insured. We will work to determine your exact coverage and maximize your benefits before calculating any personal expenses. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, we accept several affordable payment methods and can help you to find a convenient financial solution if you have out-of-pocket costs.
Fight tooth Decay With Preventive Care
Fight tooth decay and help keep your family's smiles healthy with fluoride treatments from ACE Dental of Bellmead. Our seasoned team offers professional fluoride treatments for children and adults to strengthen tooth enamel and minimize the risk of cavities. To schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam with a fluoride treatment, call our Bellmead, TX facility today!