Flouride Treatments and Sealants
Flouride Treatments for Teeth
At the start of the fluoride treatment process, we thoroughly dry all the teeth so the fluoride varnish will stick better and be completely absorbed into the tooth. Next, a small brush is used to coat the front, top, and back of each tooth in the clear fluoride varnish. And that’s it! With just two simple steps, the treatment is complete and you are free to eat and drink after 30 minutes. Since the varnish is virtually undetectable on the teeth, you can go about the rest of your day while the fluoride is being absorbed.
The Benefits of Using Fluoride
Fluoride treatments offer a number of great benefits for patients. They are quick, inexpensive, and are not known to cause pain or discomfort of any kind. High concentrations of fluoride help strengthen tooth enamel and can even reverse the beginning signs of tooth decay, which saves time and money on getting cavities filled. Overall, the main benefits of receiving a fluoride treatment include:
- Preventing Tooth Decay
- Strengthens Weak Tooth Enamel
- Saves Time & Money on Restorative Care
- Painless Treatment
- Offers Long-Lasting Protection Between Dental Visits
Is fluoride safe?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in soil and water, and in small amounts, it is perfectly safe.
Do adults need fluoride treatments?
Fluoride treatments are an optional preventive service that can help patients of all ages. Even though many insurance plans only cover the cost of fluoride treatments for kids and teens, older patients are welcome and encouraged to utilize fluoride treatments.
How long do I have to wait to brush my teeth after getting a fluoride treatment?
Generally speaking, the longer you can wait to brush the fluoride varnish off your teeth, the better. We typically recommend that patients try to wait 4-6 hours after their appointments to brush their teeth if possible.
Dental sealants are a great way to keep bacteria from building up in harder-to-reach areas on the teeth, like the deep grooves on the top of big molars. During dental sealant treatments, clear or tooth-colored sealants are painted on the teeth after a routine cleaning where they harden and begin protecting the teeth right away. Sealants are virtually undetectable and offer great protection for your teeth. Ask about our affordable dental sealants at your next routine appointment and our team will be more than happy to assist.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
As far as preventive care goes, tooth sealants are a very easy way to protect your teeth from tooth decay.
- Quick and painless treatment
- Last for many years
- Protect hard to reach areas on the teeth
- Very affordable
- No anesthetic required
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years or longer, and they will gradually wear away over time. Every time you visit our office, your dentist will check your sealants to see how they are holding up. If it looks like they need to be reapplied, we will let you know that they have worn off and ask if you want another treatment. Dental sealants are well worth their value, as they are inexpensive and last for many years.
Are children eligible for dental sealants?
Not only are children eligible for dental sealants, we highly encourage children and young adults to get dental sealant treatments! Tooth sealants offer an extra layer of protection for the molars, which can be helpful for kids who are still learning how to brush and floss properly and frequently. However, adults are also welcome and encouraged to use dental sealants as well, as they can help prevent tooth decay for patients of all ages.
Can dental sealants be removed?
If for some reason you decide you no longer want tooth sealants to protect your teeth or your child’s, sealants can be buffed off of the teeth. Dental sealants are typically only removed if they are worn down or damaged in some way, and they are often removed so a new coating can be applied.
Protect your teeth now and save time and money on restorative treatments later! Contact us today for more information.
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