Fluoride Treatments in Harker Heights, TX

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What Are the Benefits of Fluoride?

Fluoride treatments at ACE Dental of Harker Heights are preventive dentistry services typically performed right after a dental cleaning. As a naturally occurring element, fluoride can strengthen your teeth and help prevent tooth decay from forming. The effectiveness of fluoride in reducing the risk of cavities is supported by several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Cities that add fluoride to their drinking water also tend to see fewer cavities and problems with tooth decay among people who live in their communities. At our dental practice, we often recommended professional fluoride treatments for children to help protect their teeth as they grow, and older patients who are prone to tooth decay. Learn more about professional fluoride treatments by contacting our friendly Harker Heights, TX team!

Who Should Have Dental Fluoride Treatments?

Patients of all ages may benefit from fluoride treatments, though these services are most often recommended for younger patients whose teeth are developing. Our general dentists may also suggest professional fluoride treatments for patients whose drinking water is not fluoridated or for those who are more susceptible to tooth decay. In some instances, fluoride may be applied to teeth affected by gum recession to help protect exposed tooth roots and relieve tooth sensitivity. ACE Dental of Harker Heights may offer fluoride in a selection of flavors or formulations to make treatments easier for all patients.

How Is Fluoride applied to the teeth?

In general, fluoride treatments are given every six months following a professional dental cleaning and exam. As soon as you select your flavor, a team member will prepare your treatment as either a paint-on fluoride varnish, rinse, gel, or foam. It may be kept on your teeth for a few minutes, depending on the formulation so the fluoride can absorb into your tooth enamel. After the fluoride is removed from your mouth, we will use suction to eliminate any excess. Post-treatment instructions will be provided, but in general, but you should avoid eating, drinking, or rinsing for about 30 minutes following the application.

What to Expect After a Fluoride Treatment

An upset stomach or vomiting may result if fluoride is accidentally ingested. However, these symptoms should subside by the next day. Supplemental fluoride tablets (to be taken at home) may be recommended for more decay-prone patients. Since fluoride can be toxic in high amounts, parents are advised to be cautious and prevent children from accessing these supplements. Although professional fluoride treatments help to strengthen the teeth, it is still important to brush with fluoridated toothpaste and floss at least twice a day. The team at ACE Dental of Harker Heights will continue to monitor the need for fluoride treatments during your routine dental cleaning visits.

Does Insurance Cover Fluoride for Kids and Adults?

Most insurance companies cover fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age, but these services for adults may not be covered under some plans. We will work to help maximize your insurance coverage before determining any personal expenses. For patients without insurance or with out-of-pocket costs, ACE Dental of Harker Heights offers several affordable payment methods. Our team will be happy to review these options with you and help you select a budget-friendly solution.

Build Strong Teeth With Preventive Dental Care

At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, our goal is to assist you and your family in maintaining healthy smiles for life. We offer professional fluoride treatments as a preventive dentistry service to help children and adults build strong teeth and reduce the risk of cavities. Contact our family-friendly office in Harker Heights, TX today to learn more or to schedule a dental cleaning with a fluoride treatment.

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