Fluoride treatments at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX pack a powerful punch in fighting cavities. You naturally ingest or are exposed to fluoride through what you eat and drink. Many people of all ages have to supplement fluoride with treatments at the dentist's office to get the maximum therapeutic benefit. Our dental team will assess your need for fluoride, and then we can apply it for you as necessary.
Did you know that your dentist can also prescribe you fluoride treatments to apply at home? If you are really prone to cavities, ask about fluoride treatments you can add into your oral hygiene routine. Our Made Ya Smile Dental team may also have recommendations for you if you have limited access to fluoride. Make an appointment today.
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Our younger patients (children and teens) are at the optimal age to receive fluoride treatments for cavity protection. Growing up without the appropriate exposure to fluoride can make teeth more vulnerable in the future. Many adults who did not have access to dental care and/or learn proper brushing and flossing techniques find that they are more likely to have a cavity or advanced tooth decay at each dental visit. Our adult patients may also have gum recession plus tooth decay, which makes them great fluoride candidates, too.
What to Expect
Generally, you can expect to be offered fluoride at the end of your dental cleaning. Children with health insurance are usually covered for fluoride treatments, but adults usually aren't. Because fluoride is worth the investment, we commonly offer it to our adult patients in addition to the cleaning. Using a paint-on varnish, a gel, or foam fluoride in mouth trays, the treatment will go onto your teeth very easily. If you have the varnish, the fluoride will have to sit on your teeth for about 30 minutes (no eating or drinking). If you prefer gel or foam, your teeth will need to sit in trays for a few minutes as the fluoride penetrates your teeth.
By not eating and drinking for 30 minutes after your fluoride application, you are allowing the varnish to sink into your teeth's enamel. Your child should be closely supervised for the first 30 minutes because swallowing the fluoride may upset their stomach. Continue with your regular oral hygiene routine later in the evening. Daily brushing and flossing are still very important to the strength of the enamel as well. Our dentists can also have you supplement fluoride with at-home treatments and prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste.
If you are unsure if your insurance coverage includes fluoride treatments for you and your family, call your provider to determine who and what is allotted for fluoride. Insured children may be covered for a professional fluoride treatment once a year as a preventive care measure. Older teens and adults are least likely to have an allotment for fluoride applications. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood recommends having a fluoride treatment regardless of what insurance will pay because it is a beneficial investment for your teeth. We also have financing options for patients who qualify.
For Your Protection
Made Ya Smile Dental fluoride treatments are simple, but they are so helpful with preventing cavities to protect the structure of your teeth. Available to children, teens, and adults, ask about fluoride at your next cleaning if you are more apt to develop cavities. Call our Kingwood, TX office to book your next visit.