The American Dental Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have all written about the positive effects fluoride has on teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in water, soil, and some foods that help strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Cities with fluoride in their drinking water have also reported a reduction in tooth decay in local residents. At Made Ya Smile in Cypress, TX, our practitioners recommend fluoride treatments during your biannual cleaning appointments to give you and your family the best preventive care possible. To learn more about the benefits of fluoride, you can call our clinic to schedule an appointment.
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While patients of any age can benefit from fluoride, the dentists at Made Ya Smile typically recommend this treatment for younger patients as their teeth are still developing. Adults who have a history of dental decay or who have exposed roots as a result of gum recession may also be good candidates. Those with no access to fluoridated drinking water should also consider professional or at-home fluoride treatments, reducing their risk of cavities and other more serious dental problems. If you have incipient decay or early carious lesions, ask one of our general dentists how fluoride can help you. At Made Ya Smile, we provide fast and efficient treatments in varnish, foam, or gel form with many flavors to choose from. Our Cypress, TX practitioners may suggest fluoride supplements or prescription-strength toothpaste for taking care of your teeth at home.
What to Expect
Most patients will have an in-office fluoride treatment during their twice-yearly dental cleaning or annual dental examination at our Cypress, TX office. Once our staff cleans your teeth, we will apply the fluoride using either a foam, gel, or paint-on varnish. The varnish is brushed over the surfaces of your teeth, into the grooves, and in between the teeth through the saliva. The gel and foam treatments use mouth trays that keep the fluoride on your teeth for 1 – 4 minutes before using suction to remove it. Afterward, the staff at Made Ya Smile will provide instructions for taking care of your smile moving forward.
For best results, we recommend you avoid food or drink for a half-hour following your appointment. If we used the varnish during your treatment, we also suggest avoiding hard or crunchy food for a few hours. This gives your enamel more time to stay in contact with and absorb the fluoride. Swallowing fluoride is harmful to children, so we ask that you keep a close watch over your child following their appointment, and to make sure they do not use any prescription or over-the-counter fluoride supplements. As a preventive treatment, fluoride is excellent for maintaining a healthy, bright smile for life. The dentists at Made Ya Smile hope to encourage patients to follow their own oral hygiene routine in Cypress, TX with brushing and flossing.
As a preventive care procedure, fluoride treatments are often covered at least in part by a dental insurance provider. Our team at Made Ya Smile will contact your insurer and determine if you have any out-of-pocket costs. We're always happy to help you understand your benefits and claims. Those who are not covered by insurance can still get a professional fluoride treatment as we accept many different forms of payment in Cypress, TX. Ask us about paying through one of our convenient third-party options.
The professionals at Made Ya Smile help patients of every age enjoy healthy, happy smiles and excellent oral health. Professional fluoride treatments are just one way to prevent cavities and tooth decay from forming later in life. To learn more about preventive dental care for adults, teens, and young children in the Cypress, TX area, or to hear more about the services we offer, feel free to contact one of our friendly team members today.