About Fluoride Treatments
A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride is an important component in protecting your child's teeth from the effects of tooth decay. Fluoride is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) and other professional organizations as a preventive treatment that can help lower the risk of dental cavities. Found in toothpastes, some foods, and many community water supplies, fluoride helps strengthen teeth against cavity formation and can even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, our board-certified pediatric dentists are pleased to offer fluoride treatments to help preserve the health and comfort of your child's smile. For more on the advantages of fluoride use in children, please contact our Lancaster, PA pediatric dental practice and talk with our knowledgeable team.
"My son fell and had trauma to his mouth; His top front teeth were pushed up into the gum when he fell. I called their office to see if they could help and not only did they help, but they went above and beyond to fit him into their busy schedule as an emergency appointment. When we were back for the appointment, Dr. Peter Ross, Nancy, and Dr. Odoom were fantastic with him and same goes for the ladies at the front desk (Thanks to Leigh Anne for the help scheduling)! My son did not cry once while he was back and a solid treatment plan was placed. Would definitely return and we have a 45 minute drive to get there!"- K.R. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
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Best Candidates for Fluoride
In-office fluoride treatments are commonly recommended to help protect the teeth against the formation of decay and reverse the early stages of cavity formation. Our pediatric dentists generally recommend professional fluoride treatments for patients with developing dentition, those who lack access to fluoridated drinking water, and individuals who are at a greater risk for cavities. Patients who wear braces or other orthodontic appliances are also excellent candidates for professional fluoride treatments. Modern fluoride treatments are applied as a simple varnish that is quickly brushed onto the teeth. Our Lancaster, PA practice strives to make these treatments easy for young patients and offers fluoride in a variety of fun flavors.
What to Expect
In general, our dentists recommend that patients receive professional fluoride treatments twice each year, typically at the end of your child's dental cleaning and check-up appointments. Once your child selects their desired flavor, a member of our clinical team will prepare the fluoride varnish and paint the solution onto your child's teeth. Fluoride varnish treatments do not require any rinsing or special procedures following application. Instructions on when your child can drink and eat following fluoride placement will be provided by our staff.
After Fluoride Application
Your child may feel nauseous if any fluoride is accidentally swallowed. However, this symptom will generally resolve within 24 hours following the application. Though fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and minimize the risk of tooth decay, it is still important for your child to maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing each day. Routine dental exams and cleaning visits at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates are also recommended so that our team can monitor your child's oral health and need for ongoing professional fluoride applications. In some cases, our pediatric dentists may prescribe the use of fluoride tablets, especially in higher-risk individuals. These supplements need to be given to children as recommended by our dentists as fluoride can be toxic when consumed in large doses.
Does Insurance Cover Fluoride?
A number of insurance plans cover professional fluoride treatments for children and teens. Our experienced business team will help you maximize your insurance coverage before determining any personal treatment costs. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates strives to make care as affordable as possible for our patients and their families and accepts a range of convenient payment solutions.
Get Ahead of Tooth Decay
Help your children enjoy the benefits of a strong, healthy smile with professional fluoride treatments at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates. Typically applied during routine dental cleaning and exam visits, fluoride treatments can lower the risk of cavity formation in children and teenagers. To schedule your child's visit with our experienced, kid-friendly team and learn more about the advantages of cavity prevention, contact our Lancaster, PA pediatric dental practice today.