Fluoride Treatment in Katy, TX

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What is Fluoride Treatment?

At Made Ya Smile, we do everything possible to help your family achieve oral health. Fluoride treatments are part of a preventive care plan that works to strengthen teeth and protect against tooth decay, often applied via fluoride paste and fluoride varnish. Several medical groups, including the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the World Health Organization (WHO), support the use of fluoride for the cavity-fighting effects it offers to patients, especially those who drink water without fluoride. Fluoride is an element naturally found in certain foods, soil, and water. Many communities across the country have been adding fluoride to their drinking water since the 1950s, and as a result, have noticed a decrease in tooth decay among its citizens.Fluoride is most often used in children but can be very beneficial for patients of all ages, especially those more prone to tooth decay. Though commercial, over-the-counter toothpaste and drinking water do contain some fluoride, younger children are more at risk for developing cavities along with teens who wear braces and adults with exposed root surfaces. Our dentist may recommend  ?fluoride gel treatments for your Katy, TX family during your cleanings and exam visits and additional fluoride supplements or concentrated toothpaste to strengthen the teeth at home. Get in touch with our Katy, TX dental team today for more on how fluoride can support healthy smiles for your family.

Am I a Good Candidate For Fluoride Treatments?

In-office fluoride treatments can be advantageous for strengthening the teeth and reducing the chance of decay for children, teens, and adults. Since children and some teens are at a higher risk for cavities, however, they are ideal candidates for receiving fluoride treatments during their cleaning and check-up visits with our team. Teenagers who are wearing braces or who have had cavities in the past can benefit from fluoride. Adults who have a history of decay or gum recession that has exposed the decay-prone root surfaces are also great candidates for professional fluoride treatments. In some cases, fluoride varnish or fluoride paste use can help re-mineralize incipient (early) areas of decay on teeth and prevent the need for fillings, crowns, or other restorations. Our dentist may recommend in-office fluoride treatments and supplemental prescription-strength fluoride applications at home for any patient who may be at a higher risk of developing tooth decay.

What Happens During a Fluoride Treatment?

Throughout the day, bacteria in the mouth consume sugars from the foods we eat and produce an acid that attacks the tooth enamel. Fluoride works to strengthen this layer of tooth structure and re-mineralize enamel to protect against cavity formation. Our dentist will determine if you and your family are good candidates for in-office fluoride treatments and whether you need this service once or twice each year. When your dental cleaning is complete, our team will perform a fluoride gel application to help strengthen your teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form. Fluoride is easy to apply and typically comes in an array of flavors from which you can choose. We use mouth trays to administer gel and foam fluoride treatments, which hold the fluoride against the teeth for 1 – 4 minutes. Fluoride varnish is painted onto the teeth with a small brush and carried throughout the mouth by your saliva. When the application is finished, we remove the fluoride from the mouth with our suction and give you instructions on when you can eat and drink following your treatment.

What Happens After a Fluoride Treatment?

To allow the fluoride to be most effective, we recommend that you wait to eat or drink until 30 minutes after your fluoride treatment. Those who receive fluoride varnish applications should also avoid eating sticky, hard, or crunchy foods for a couple of hours, as this may disrupt the varnish layer on the tooth. Consumption of fluoride can be dangerous at high levels — so children who are using over-the-counter or prescription fluoride pastes or rinses should be well-supervised. Swallowing fluoride in any amount can cause nausea, among other concerning symptoms. Fluoride treatments from Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX are an excellent way to help protect your family's smiles and can help to minimize the chance of tooth decay and restorative needs in the future.

Will Insurance Cover My Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride treatments for cavity prevention are often covered by most dental insurance plans once or twice each year for kids and may be covered for teens and adults as well. To learn about your specific plan's coverage limits, our business team will get in contact with your insurance provider. Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX accepts most major PPO dental insurance plans and will file your claims on your behalf. We can also let you know of our convenient payment options if you have any out-of-pocket costs for your family's fluoride treatment or dental care. Our practice also partners with CareCredit® to make your fluoride varnish cost affordable.

Fluoride Treatment FAQ

Are fluoride treatments safe?
Fluoride treatments are generally safe for the majority of patients, both young and old when given by experienced doctors like our team members at Made Ya Smile. However, if too much fluoride is used, if too many treatments are given, or if people are exposed to high levels of fluoride in drinking water, it can discolor the teeth (a condition known as fluorosis). Our team takes all safety precautions to ensure the proper level of fluoride is provided.

How often should you get fluoride treatments?
At our Katy, TX office, we follow the recommendation of the American Dental Association, which recommends fluoride treatments every 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your oral health.

Do children need fluoride treatments?
Fluoride treatments are especially important for children as they learn proper dental hygiene techniques. It will help prevent cavities and tooth decay and help them develop strong, healthy teeth.

Schedule You or Your Child's Fluoride Treatment

Our dentist and team at Made Ya Smile are proud to offer the best possible care for your family's oral health. In-office fluoride treatments can help strengthen the teeth of children, teenagers, and adults and may be incorporated into your dental cleaning and exam visits to protect the teeth against decay or re-mineralize areas where early decay may be developing. Schedule your family's visits at our friendly Katy, TX practice today and let our team help you and your loved ones enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.

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