what is dental fluoride?
Professional fluoride treatments at ACE Dental of Temple can help protect your teeth and prevent the development of tooth decay (cavities). Fluoride is a natural element found in soil and in some types of foods and helps strengthen teeth and bones. Its importance to dental health has been recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the AMA (American Medical Association), and several other medical organizations. Communities that add fluoride to their water supply report fewer cases of cavities among their residents. Our general dentists may recommend fluoride treatments for young patients, teens, and adults, depending on their oral health needs. Talk to our friendly Temple, TX team to learn more about the benefits fluoride can bring to your family's smiles!
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Who Should Receive Fluoride Treatments?
Fluoride treatments may be administered to patients of all ages, although they are most commonly given to children whose teeth are developing or patients who do not have good oral hygiene. Our Temple, TX dentists may also recommend fluoride treatments for individuals who do not drink fluoridated water or who are at a higher risk for tooth decay. For some patients, fluoride treatments may be administered to minimize tooth sensitivity, such as when tooth roots are exposed from gum recession. Individuals who wear braces, which can make maintaining oral hygiene more difficult, are also often excellent candidates for this preventive dentistry service.
how is fluoride applied?
In general, fluoride treatments are usually performed every six months following professional dental cleaning and exam visits. ACE Dental of Temple uses a variety of fluoride formulas and flavors to meet the needs and preferences of our patients. After your flavor is selected, a team member will prepare your fluoride treatment as either a gel, foam, rinse, or paint-on fluoride varnish. The treatment will be kept on your teeth for up to four minutes to allow the fluoride ions time to penetrate the enamel. Once the solution is removed from your mouth, a suction tool may be used to help clear away any remaining amount. Our team will then provide you with post-treatment instructions.
what can i expect After Fluoride Application?
You may need to wait 30 minutes before rinsing, eating, or drinking following your fluoride application. Nausea and vomiting can occur if you accidentally consume any fluoride during the treatment, but this should resolve within a day. Our dentists may prescribe fluoride tablets to use at home in certain cases. Since fluoride can be toxic in high doses, it is very important to keep supplements out of reach of children. While these professional treatments help to strengthen the enamel, it is essential to follow a good home care routine by using a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing each day. We also encourage you to attend routine dental exams and cleanings at ACE Dental of Temple so we can continue to assess your need for professional fluoride treatments.
will dental insurance cover Fluoride treatments?
Many insurance companies cover professional fluoride treatments for younger patients; however, these benefits may not always apply to adults and teens. We will be happy to review your policy to determine your estimated coverage before calculating any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not carry insurance or have personal expenses, ACE Dental of Temple accepts several payment methods to make your family's care both affordable and convenient.
Cavity protection you can count on
Protect against cavities and help create strong, healthy teeth with fluoride treatments at ACE Dental of Temple. We offer professional fluoride treatments for younger patients, adults at a higher risk for tooth decay, and anyone who might benefit from this preventive dentistry service. Contact our team in Temple, TX to schedule a professional cleaning with a fluoride treatment and help protect your family's smiles!