Fluoride's importance to oral health has been shown by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the AMA (American Medical Association), and several other medical groups. Cities that put fluoride in their drinking water have fewer problems with cavities and tooth decay. A mineral found in the earth and some foods, fluoride is known to strengthen bones and teeth. Fluoride treatments at All About Smiles in Rogers, AR may help younger patients who have growing teeth and older patients with damaged enamels to improve their dental health. Get more information about fluoride treatments at your annual exam with Dr. Brett Cotham.
Professional fluoride treatments may be administered to all patients, although it's typically given to children whose teeth are developing or who have not developed good oral hygiene habits. We also suggest professional fluoride treatments for older patients who don't have a fluoridated water supply or if they are susceptible to tooth decay. All About Smiles provides different formulas of fluoride if you have special concerns, including neutral sodium fluoride for those with a dry mouth or acidulated phosphate fluoride for those with restorations (crowns and bridges). We also offer a choice of flavors to make treatments easier for both younger and older patients.
What to Expect
Professional fluoride treatments are generally done twice a year following your dental cleaning. When you select your flavor, Dr. Cotham will begin to prepare your fluoride treatment as a foam, gel, or paint-on varnish. The treatment will be kept on your teeth for several minutes so the fluoride can sink into your enamel, then it can be removed. A suction tool may be used to help remove any excess fluoride after the procedure since you cannot rinse out your mouth, drink, or eat for at least half an hour after.
Stomach problems may take place if you swallow any fluoride; however, this will usually subside in about one day after your treatment. In certain patients, we may recommend fluoride tablets to use between treatments. Since it is toxic in large doses, you need to be cautious and prevent children from getting supplements. Although these professional treatments strengthen the teeth, you need to have a regular oral care routine at home by using a toothpaste with fluoride along with regular flossing. You also need scheduled professional exams and cleanings with Dr. Cotham at All About Smiles so we can continue to assess the need for professional fluoride treatments.
Many insurance companies pay for professional fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age, but adults may not be covered. We work to get the most coverage through your dental insurance before calculating your personal expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, All About Smiles offers several payment methods and may be able to help you get financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Ensure your family has healthy, strong smiles with fluoride treatments at All About Smiles. We suggest professional fluoride treatments for children with growing teeth and older patients who would like to avoid cavities. Contact our team in Rogers, AR to make an appointment for a professional cleaning, plus a fluoride treatment.