About Fluoride Treatments
When good oral hygiene habits aren’t practiced, this can lead to weakened teeth that can be susceptible to a number of problems. Fluoride treatments may be suggested by Bedford, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Staffel, to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel to make the tooth more resistant to the elements that can cause decay. Fluoride is often recommended for children to protect developing teeth, but the treatment can also be used by adults. At Dr. Staffel’s office, fluoride can be given as a gel, rinse, or foam for a simple, effective treatment.
"Ok, I dread visiting the dentist. For that reason, I have neglected my teeth which lead to needing a root canal. I was nervous but Dr. Staffel did the needed work with no discomfort. I was pleasantly surprised by the work and very happy with the final result. Great office, dentist and staff."- A.R. / RevenueWell / Feb 22, 2019
"Profession, kind, and they do good work"- R.M. / RevenueWell / Feb 16, 2019
"I have been going to Dr. Staffel since he started his practice here, and I have always been very pleased with his work. He does very professional work and the people are always friendly"- D.C. / RevenueWell / Feb 06, 2019
"I have gone to Dr. Staffel for ever since he started his practice here in north Texas. I have always been very satisfied with his work and the friendly atmosphere at his practice. I would definitely recommend him and his practice for any dental work you might need."- D.C. / RevenueWell / Oct 31, 2018
"Dr Staffel and his staff are very good at their profession. They welcome you and treat you with great care."- R.B. / RevenueWell / Oct 11, 2018
What to Expect
Typically, fluoride treatments are given at a patient’s dental exam or cleaning about every 6 months. Depending on the patient’s condition, the dentist can recommend a different timeframe. Clean teeth are dried to prevent diluting the strength of the fluoride. The treatment is then administered to the patient as a gel, foam, or rinse. If given as a gel or foam, the fluoride is left on for 1 – 4 minutes. To make fluoride treatments easier, the dentist will often add a flavor chosen by the patient. Once the treatment is complete, patients will be instructed to spit out all remaining fluoride in their mouth.
To ensure the fluoride fully penetrates the enamel, patients should not drink, eat, or smoke for at least 30 minutes after their fluoride treatment. If any of the fluoride is swallowed, temporary nausea could result that usually doesn’t last more than 24 hours. While fluoride can be dangerous in high doses, special care is taken to give each patient a safe level of fluoride during the in-office treatment.
Since fluoride treatments are considered a preventative measure, two treatments per year are normally covered by insurance for children aged 6 months – 16 years old as their teeth are developing. On the other hand, insurance coverage for adult fluoride treatments varies, so a patient should check ahead with their insurance carrier. For patients who aren't covered or without dental insurance, our practice offers several payment options.
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To protect children's developing teeth or the teeth of adults prone to cavities, a professional fluoride treatment is often recommended. The treatment can be given after your dental exam and cleaning to strengthen and protect dental enamel. If you think you could benefit from additional fluoride, ask your dentist if in-office fluoride treatments are right for you or your child to decrease the risk of cavities and decay for better oral health. Call us today for a consultation.