Fluoride Treatment Overview
The importance of fluoride to oral health has been confirmed by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the AMA (American Medical Association), and several other medical groups. Cities that put fluoride in their drinking water have fewer incidences of tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral found in the earth and strengthens bones and teeth. Fluoride treatments at West Bridgewater Dental may be beneficial for younger patients who are in the stages of oral develop, patients at a higher risk for tooth decay, and older patients with damaged tooth structure. For more information on fluoride treatments, talk with one of our board-certified dentists at your next exam.
Best Candidates for Fluoride Treatment
Professional fluoride treatments may be administered to all patients, although they're typically given to children whose teeth are developing or who haven't developed good oral hygiene habits. Our experienced dentists also suggest professional fluoride treatments for older patients who don't have a fluoridated water supply or for those susceptible to tooth decay. West Bridgewater Dental provides different formulas of fluoride if you have special concerns, including neutral sodium fluoride for those with a dry mouth or acidulated phosphate fluoride for those with restorations (crowns and bridges). We also offer a choice of flavors to make treatments easier for both younger and older patients.
What to Expect with Fluoride Treatment
Professional fluoride treatments are generally administered twice a year following your dental cleaning. When you select your flavor, a team member will begin to prepare your fluoride treatment as a foam, gel, or paint-on varnish. The treatment will be kept on your teeth for several minutes, allowing the fluoride to absorb into your enamel. A suction tool may be used to help remove any excess fluoride after the procedure. We'll also recommend that you avoid rinsing your mouth, drinking, or eating for at least half an hour following your treatment.
Fluoride Treatment Follow-Up
Stomach problems may occur if any fluoride is swallowed; however, this will usually subside in about a day. For certain patients, our doctors may recommend the use of fluoride tablets between treatments. Since fluoride is harmful in large doses, you must be cautious and prevent children from accidentally consuming additional supplements. Although these professional treatments strengthen the teeth, it's important to maintain a regular oral care routine at home by using a toothpaste with fluoride and flossing daily. It's also recommended to schedule professional exams and cleanings at our West Bridgewater, MA practice so that we can continue to assess the need for professional fluoride treatments.
Fluoride Treatment Insurance Coverage
Many insurance companies pay for professional fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age, but adults may not be covered. We work to maximize your treatment coverage through your dental insurance before calculating your personal expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, West Bridgewater Dental offers several payment methods and may be able to help you obtain medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Ensure your family has healthy, strong smiles with fluoride treatments at West Bridgewater Dental. Our experienced dentists suggest professional fluoride treatments for children with developing teeth, patients at higher risk for decay, and older patients who would like to avoid future dental issues. Contact our team at West Bridgewater Dental to make an appointment for a professional cleaning and fluoride treatment.