about fluoride treatments
Fluoride's importance to dental health has been shown by the ADA (American Dental Association), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and other professional organizations. Cities that add fluoride to their water supply have fewer problems with tooth decay and cavities. A natural mineral found in some food and the earth's crust, fluoride builds up teeth and bones. Professional fluoride treatments at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV can help children with developing teeth and older patients with damaged enamels to improve their dental health. Learn more about fluoride treatments during your dental exam with cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi at our Las Vegas office.
What Are The Benefits Of Fluoride Treatments?
The many benefits of fluoride treatments include:
- Prevention of tooth decay and cavities
- Protection of tooth enamel
- Saving money on future dental appointments
- Treatments for all ages
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Candidates for fluoride treatments
Professional fluoride treatments may be administered to all patients, although it is typically given to children whose teeth are developing or who have not developed good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Tozzi also suggests fluoride treatments for older patients whose drinking water is not fluoridated or if they are prone to cavities. Michaela Tozzi, DMD uses different formulas of fluoride if you have specific concerns, like neutral sodium fluoride for those with a dry mouth and acidulated phosphate fluoride for those with dental restorations (crowns and bridges). We also offer a choice of flavors to make these treatments easier for both younger and older patients.
What to Expect during your visit
Fluoride treatments are usually done twice a year after your dental cleaning. Once your flavor is selected, one of our seasoned dental hygienists will prepare the fluoride treatment as a foam, gel, or paint-on varnish. It will be left on your teeth for several minutes to allow the fluoride time to penetrate your enamel, then it can be spit out. A suction tool may be used to help remove any excess fluoride after the treatment, but you cannot rinse out your mouth, drink, or eat for at least half an hour afterward.
Nausea and vomiting may take place if you accidentally swallow any fluoride; however, this should subside in about one day after treatment. In some cases, Dr. Tozzi may give you fluoride supplements to use between treatments. Since it is toxic in large amounts, you should be cautious and keep supplements out of reach of children. While these professional treatments strengthen the teeth, you should continue or establish a good home oral care routine, including flossing and using a toothpaste with fluoride. You should also attend your scheduled exams and cleanings at Michaela Tozzi, DMD so Dr. Tozzi can continue to assess your need for fluoride treatments.
Most insurance companies pay for fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age, but adults may not always be covered. Our staff does our due diligence to review your exact coverage through your dental insurance before determining your personal expenses. For patients without dental insurance, Michaela Tozzi, DMD offers different payment methods and may be able to help you get financing if needed.
Fluoride Treatments FAQ
Are fluoride treatments safe?
Yes, when properly administered by experienced providers like Dr. Tozzi, fluoride treatments are very safe and effective. Fluoride only poses risks when too much is ingested at one time or during tooth development, which can result in a condition called fluorosis that can cause white specks on the teeth.
How often should I have a fluoride treatment?
It depends on your oral health, but most patients will see the best results from fluoride treatments every 6 – 12 months. Dr. Tozzi will create a fluoride treatment plan that takes into account your dental needs to help ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy.
Are fluoride treatments safe for children?
Yes, according to the ADA (American Dental Association), fluoride supplements and fluoridated water are safe and effective for children. Fluoride treatments are used by dentists worldwide to help strengthen children's teeth and prevent cavities. However, parents and caregivers should always monitor children using any product containing fluoride to avoid overexposure and to make sure they are using it properly.
Can I eat or drink after a fluoride treatment?
Yes, you can. However, it is typically recommended that you wait at least 30 minutes to one hour before eating or drinking after a fluoride treatment. This allows the fluoride to be fully absorbed by the teeth. Some types of fluoride treatments may require you to wait longer. After your treatment, Dr. Tozzi will give you instructions on what you should do to receive the optimal benefits from your fluoride treatment.
Custom Fluoride Treatments
Make sure your family has healthy, strong teeth with professional fluoride treatments at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV. Dr. Tozzi recommends professional fluoride treatments for children with growing teeth and older patients who would like to avoid issues later on. Contact our Las Vegas office to make an appointment for a professional exam and cleaning with fluoride. We look forward to serving you.