One of the best preventative dental measures you can provide yourself or your child is to safeguard against bacteria from forming in the mouth with professional fluoride treatments. At Bella Vita Dentistry, we offer fluoride treatments to not only ward off bacteria that leads to decay and cavities, but to strengthen dental enamel for a strong, healthy smile. Cosmetic and general dentist, Dr. Joshua Foreman routinely provides fluoride therapy to patients age 6 months – 16-years-of-age, but will consider implementing it for adults, who have a lot of cavities or poor oral health. While most toothpastes and water in the United States contains fluoride (in small amounts), it still may not be at a therapeutic level for children with developing teeth or adults that need extra care for damaged teeth.
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What to Expect
You can expect that your dentists may use acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF) or neutral sodium fluoride, depending on the condition of your teeth. At your regular cleaning, we provide our patients with professional fluoride treatments every 6 months, which may be gel, foam, or varnish that is applied to dried, clean teeth for 1 – 4 minutes. It is best not to swallow the fluoride treatment.
Treatment & Aftercare
After your professional dental cleaning with the fluoride therapy, it is best not eat, drink, or smoke for at least a half an hour after the treatment to let the fluoride access the enamel. Please take into consideration that if some of the fluoride is swallowed after the application, you could become nauseous. Of course, the treatment is safe and effective, and you can call us afterward if you have questions about aftercare.
Depending on your insurance provider, the fluoride treatment may be covered as preventative care, which is usually included in a dental exam and cleaning. However, if you are paying out-of-pocket, instead of paying for expensive dental work in the future that fluoride can help prevent, please consider investing in $20 – $50.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $20 - $50
Protect Your Teeth
Dr. Foreman at Bella Vita Dentistry and his experienced hygienists can help you decide whether or not a fluoride treatment is appropriate for you, or a member of your family. We may even recommend that you consider a prescription fluoride treatment to continue between visits to help ward off tooth decay and cavities. Call today to schedule your dental visit, and ask about fluoride treatments.