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The Benefits of Fluoride

Generally a part of standard oral care routines, fluoride is a naturally occurring substance found in a few foods and beverages. As a bonus, fluoride can also be spread topically onto the teeth to produce numerous dental advantages. Fluoride can ward off decay by helping the teeth more resistant to toxins. This mineral may additionally improve the tooth's structure to minimize the beginning stages of cavities. Cities that put fluoride in water reserves generally see decreased instances of cavities between their citizens. These perks of fluoride have been noticed by the American Dental Association (ADA) and other notable societies. At Preston Hollow Dental Care, we happily perform professional fluoride treatments for patients of all ages. For more on how fluoride may improve your family's oral health, set up a visit with Gabrielle Dizon in Dallas, TX.

Ideal Candidates for Fluoride Treatments

Younger individuals, young adults, and adults could all be the appropriate candidates for topical fluoride treatments. They could help ward off cavities in kids with developing teeth or teens who are less resistant to decay. Dallas, TX children and adults who do not drink fluoride-contained water can also profit from routine applications. We may perform fluoride treatments for people who are at a higher risk of cavities, such as individuals who have metal braces or have dry mouth (xerostomia). Fluoride treatments may also help to lessen tooth tenderness and protect exposed enamel since it is more susceptible to cavities.

What to Expect With Fluoride Treatments

Preston Hollow Dental Care uses different fluoride types and flavors to make these treatments enjoyable for all patients. Fluoride treatments are typically carried out every six months immediately after a professional cleaning and annual dental exam. As soon as your fluoride flavor is chosen, we will prep the fluoride as either a foam, gel, varnish, or liquid. The fluoride will then be kept on the teeth for under 5 minutes, depending on the type, to allow the treatment time to penetrate your teeth. To attain the best possible advantages from your session, you might have to wait a minimum of 30 minutes before snacking or drinking beverages.

Fluoride Treatment Aftercare

Nausea may develop if some fluoride is accidentally ingested; however this will diminish roughly one day following treatment. With a handful of situations, we could give fluoride supplements or medical-grade fluoridated toothpaste to raise your fluoride consumption. Since fluoride is known to be dangerous in large volumes, parents should be careful to keep fluoride toothpastes and rinses away from babies and toddlers. Although these services help to ward off tooth decay, it is still crucial to clean the teeth using fluoridated products twice per day. Our dental care providers also advise you to have biannual oral evaluations and thorough cleanings at Preston Hollow Dental Care so we can check your total oral wellness.

Insurance Coverage for Fluoride Treatments

Professional fluoride applications could be paid for by dental insurance carrier. Our practice's insurance staff can review your insurance plan and help you maximize your policy. In the event that you have out-of-pocket expenses, our team can explain the multiple payment options taken at Preston Hollow Dental Care or help you apply for dental payment programs.

FAQs About Fluoride Treatment

1. What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in the bones and teeth that helps to strengthen enamel. It is used in supplements, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and dental fluoride treatments to improve oral health.

2. What happens during a fluoride treatment?

After a dental exam and routine dental cleaning, the teeth are dried fully to avoid diluting the strength of the fluoride. The treatment is administered by gel, foam, or paint-on varnish that is left on the teeth for a few minutes. Once the treatment is complete, you must be careful to spit out all of the fluoride from the mouth.

3. How often can you have fluoride treatment?

A fluoride treatment is usually given every six months after a dental cleaning and exam. However, it can be recommended more often if a patient has weakened enamel or is prone to cavities.

4. Are there side effects if fluoride is consumed?

While fluoride is naturally-occurring, when consumed in large amounts, it can cause serious health conditions. Dental fluorosis occurs when you consume too much fluoride while your teeth are still forming underneath the gums. This can result in white spots on the tooth's surface. This condition usually affects children under the age of 8 who are the most likely to swallow toothpaste.

5. How long should I wait to eat after a fluoride treatment?

To allow the fluoride to penetrate the enamel, you should not eat, drink, or smoke for at least a half-hour after a fluoride treatment.

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Fight Tooth Decay WIth Fluoride

Keep up the health of your family's tooth enamel when you schedule routine fluoride treatments at Preston Hollow Dental Care. Gabrielle Dizon advises fluoride treatments for children, adolescents, and mature patients to improve the teeth, protect against cavities, and minimize beginning signs of tooth decay. Reach out to our facility in Dallas, TX to schedule a biannual cleaning paired with a fluoride application or to find out more about this effective dentistry option.

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