About Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride's importance in improving dental enamel has been acknowledged by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the American Medical Association (AMA), and several other professional organizations. Communities that add fluoride to their drinking water experience fewer incidences of tooth decay among residents. A mineral found in soil and some foods, fluoride helps to strengthen bones and teeth. Professional fluoride treatments at Avon Dental Group may help to protect against the development of tooth decay in patients of all ages, especially children and adults at a higher risk. Find out more about the benefits of fluoride by contacting our friendly dental practice in Avon, CT.
Who should Have Fluoride?
Professional fluoride treatments may be given to children, teens, and adults, though they are most commonly recommended for younger patients to protect their teeth and the jaw develops. Fluoride treatments may also be suggested for older patients who do not drink fluoridated water, those who have a history of tooth decay, and any individual who is more prone to developing cavities. Avon Dental Group provides varying formulas of fluoride, which may include gels, rinses, and varnishes in a range of flavors.
The Fluoride Treatment Process
Fluoride treatments are usually performed twice a year, following your professional dental cleaning and exam. When you select your flavor, a team member will prepare the fluoride treatment as either a foam, rinse, gel, or paint-on varnish. The treatment will be left on the teeth for a short period, giving the enamel time to uptake the fluoride before it is removed. Our hygienists will use suction to help remove any excess fluoride after the procedure since you may not be able to rinse, drink, or eat for at least half an hour after.
Stomach problems can occur if fluoride is swallowed but this should subside about a day after your treatment. For certain patients, our dentists may prescribe fluoride tablets to take between treatments. Since it is toxic in high amounts, adults should be cautious and prevent children from gaining access to fluoride supplements. While these treatments help to strengthen the teeth, it is still essential to maintain regular oral care at home by brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and keeping up with daily flossing. Our team will continue to assess the need for ongoing fluoride applications during each of your family's routine teeth cleaning and exam visits.
Is Fluoride covered?
While fluoride treatments for younger patients typically fall under insurance benefits for preventive care, these services may not be covered for adults. At Avon Dental Group, we work to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits and get the most from your coverage. Our knowledgeable team will also be happy to review your payment choices to help you conveniently cover any out-of-pocket expenses.
Strong, Healthy Teeth
Ensure you and your family maintain strong, healthy teeth with fluoride treatments from Avon Dental Group. Our experienced general dentists suggest professional fluoride treatments for children with developing teeth and adults who may be at risk for further dental issues. Contact our office in Avon, CT to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment.