Fluoride is a mineral that makes up a portion of your bones and teeth and has been known to strengthen them as well, a fact shown by medical societies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Medical Association (AMA). Fluoride can often be found naturally in some foods, soil, and water. In fact, cities often supplement their public drinking water with additional fluoride for added benefits, which can lead to fewer patients experiencing issues with tooth decay. Due to the proven advantages that this mineral can have on the teeth, our Pearland, TX office proudly offers fluoride treatments for patients of all ages. This wonderful and simple service can provide protection against cavities and may even strengthen the teeth. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatments or other preventive measures, contact Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX.
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Children, teens, and adults alike can benefit from the positive effects of a fluoride treatment. Often used for cavity prevention once yearly, these treatments are commonly suggested for younger patients and those who are at an increased risk to develop cavities, including adults who have exposed tooth roots from gum recession, those with a history of tooth decay, and for people whose communities do not add fluoride to their water. For those whose cavities are in an early stage of decay, these can be improved with the use of either professional or at-home fluoride treatments. Made Ya Smile provides fluoride treatments for patients in the forms of a varnish, gel, or foams that can come in an assortment of flavors. For patients who need more fluoride in the products they use daily, one of our dentists can prescribe toothpaste or other products with a substantial amount of this mineral to maintain your oral health.
What to Expect
In-office fluoride treatments are typically administered once or twice a year following a professional cleaning. After our dental hygienist has finished scaling and polishing your teeth, we will apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth either in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam. An advantage to a paint-on fluoride varnish is that the substance will settle into the grooves and crevices of the teeth. Meanwhile, fluoride treatments with gel and foam are distributed with mouth trays that will allow the mineral to make contact with your teeth for 1 – 4 minutes, depending on your situation. We will then use a suction device to remove the fluoride from the mouth and give you instructions for care.
Following your fluoride treatment, it's important to avoid food or beverages for about 30 minutes. For those who receive a varnish treatment, it's best to also refrain from consuming sticky, hard, or crunchy foods for several hours after your appointment. Doing these things will allow the fluoride to stay bonded with the teeth and eventually be absorbed by the enamel. Swallowing or ingesting this substance may cause stomach irritation and could be risky for children, so we recommend our patients to carefully oversee fluoridated products at home, both prescription and over-the-counter. Fluoride treatments can be an excellent component of preventive dental care, but it's also important to brush and floss regularly. You should also continue to attend your biannual professional cleanings and once-yearly dental examinations at our Pearland, TX office.
Because fluoride treatments are considered preventive, they are typically covered for children up to a certain age. Some insurance plans may cover them in teens and adults too. In order to ascertain your coverage, a member of our team will contact your insurance provider and learn about your benefits. If you have any out-of-pocket costs, or if you don't carry dental insurance, we offer a range of payment options, which include medical financing through our own in-house program or via CareCredit®.
to prevent cavities
Fluoride treatments can be useful for children, teens, and adults alike to prevent cavities and strengthen the teeth in-between visits to your dentist. Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may still acquire tooth decay. Our team often recommends fluoride treatments for younger patients who are still in the process of developing proper oral habits. If you think you or your child could benefit from a professional fluoride treatment at Made Ya Smile, contact our Pearland, TX office today and learn about the many wonderful options we offer for preventive dental care.