Why Is Fluoride Important?
At Cranston Dental Group, we are passionate about helping patients enjoy healthy smiles for life and offer fluoride treatments to reduce the risk of tooth decay. The importance of fluoride to dental health and cavity prevention is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and other trusted medical organizations. A mineral naturally found in some foods and added to toothpaste and community water supplies, fluoride strengthens teeth against disease-causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments help children, teens, and adults protect their smiles against the effects of tooth decay. Learn more about fluoride treatments during your dental exam with our caring team.
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Best Candidates for Fluoride Treatments
Professional fluoride treatments can be given to all patients, although these services are most often provided for children, patients undergoing orthodontic care, and those with poor oral hygiene. Our practitioners also recommend fluoride treatments for teen and adult patients who do not have access to fluoridated drinking water, who have a history of tooth decay, or who are more susceptible to cavities. In some cases, we may use fluoride to protect exposed root surfaces and minimize tooth sensitivity. Cranston Dental Group uses several types of fluoride formulas to meet the needs of all patients. We also offer fluoride in pleasant flavors to make these treatments easier for all patients.
How Is Fluoride Applied?
Professional fluoride treatments are quick applications and are usually performed every six months at the end of a dental cleaning visit. When you select your flavor, our team member will prepare the treatment as either a gel, foam, or fluoride varnish. The treatment will be left on your teeth for 1 – 4 minutes, depending on the formulation, to allow the fluoride time to penetrate the enamel. After you spit it out, we may use a suction tool to help clear your mouth. In most cases, you may need to wait at least 30 minutes before eating, drinking, or rinsing your mouth.
Following Fluoride Treatment
Nausea can occur if you consume any fluoride, but this usually diminishes within 24 hours. In certain cases, our team may prescribe fluoride supplements to use at home. Since fluoride is toxic in high doses, adults are advised to be extremely cautious and keep supplements out of reach of children. Although these professional treatments help to strengthen the enamel, it is important to continue or establish a good at-home oral hygiene routine, including brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing each day. We will continue to assess your family's need for professional fluoride treatments during each of your biannual dental cleaning and check-up visits at Cranston Dental Group.
Is Fluoride Covered by Insurance?
Most insurance companies cover professional fluoride treatments for children and teens up to a certain age, but these services for adults may not always be covered. We work to help you maximize your insurance coverage before determining any personal costs for your family. For your convenience, Cranston Dental Group accepts easy payment methods and is proud to be a source of affordable dental care in this community.
Keep Your Smile Cavity-Free
Make sure you and your family have healthy, strong teeth with fluoride treatments at Cranston Dental Group. Our experienced dental practitioners recommend fluoride treatments to help children, teens, and adults reduce their risk of tooth decay. For more on how to keep your family's smiles cavity-free, contact our Cranston, RI practice to make an appointment for a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment.
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