Why is Fluoride Beneficial for My Child?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral present in many foods and liquids. An element in most standard oral health regimens, fluoride is often applied topically onto the tooth enamel to produce several oral benefits, including fighting off tooth decay by making the enamel more resilient to acids. Fluoride might additionally improve the tooth's framework to reduce the initial phases of cavities. Towns that add fluoride to drinking reserves usually have decreased instances of cavities among their population. At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we are pleased to perform professional fluoride services for children in Plano, McKinney, Murphy, and surrounding Texas communities. To learn more on the ways fluoride may help your child's dental wellness, contact us for an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, Dr. Yvonne Felli or Dr. Ajikwaga Felli, in Allen, TX.
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What are the benefits of fluoride treatments?
Fluoride can be applied topically onto the enamel to produce several dental benefits. It can protect against cavities by allowing the enamel to become more resistant to bacteria, and it can also help reverse the beginning symptoms of tooth decay. These benefits of fluoride are recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) and other notable organizations. At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are thrilled to perform professional fluoride services for adults and children of all ages.
What Can I Expect From My Child's Fluoride Treatment?
Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has several fluoride options and varieties to ensure that these treatments are easy for all of our young patients. Fluoride treatments are often conducted every six months immediately following a cleaning and dental exam. When your child's fluoride flavor is picked, our team will prep the treatment as either a foam, gel, varnish, or liquid. The fluoride will then stay on the enamel for 1 – 4 minutes, depending on the substance, to give the minerals enough time to absorb into your child's enamel. To attain optimal benefits, your child may need to wait at least 30 minutes before consuming food or drinking liquids. Even though fluoride solutions help to ward off tooth decay, it will still be important for your child to clean their teeth by using fluoridated pastes, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash twice a day. Our dental professionals also encourage you to maintain your child's twice-yearly dental exams and professional cleanings at our Allen, TX office so we can reassess your child's total oral health.
Fluoride Treatment FAQ
Is fluoride treatment covered by my dental insurance?
Topical fluoride treatments could be paid for by your dental insurance plan. Our facility's billing staff may review your family's insurance plan and help you get the most out of your coverage. In the event that you have extra costs, we can discuss the numerous payment methods accepted at Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry or help you find dental payment plans.
How long does the fluoride need to stay on my teeth after my treatment?
Typically, fluoride varnish should be left on your teeth for at least 6 hours after application. This allows the fluoride to penetrate the enamel and provide full protection against tooth decay. It's important not to eat, drink, or brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after fluoride varnish has been applied.
Is fluoride treatment painful?
No. There is absolutely nothing invasive or painful about this surgery. Our team will simply apply fluoride to the outside of your teeth. Once your teeth are properly coated, the treatment is over and you're free to go.
Fight Tooth Decay WIth Fluoride
Protect the condition of your child's tooth enamel when you schedule ADA-recommended fluoride applications at Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our team performs fluoride treatments for kids and teens to strengthen the teeth, protect against cavities, and treat initial symptoms of decay. Get in touch with our office in Allen, TX to arrange a biannual cleaning paired with a fluoride application or to learn more about this recommended oral care treatment.