Fluoride Treatment in Melbourne, FL

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Overview

The importance of fluoride treatments to oral health has been proven by the American Dental Association (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), and several other professional organizations. Communities that add fluoride to their water supply have fewer problems with cavities and tooth decay. A natural mineral found in the earth and some foods, fluoride strengthens bones and teeth. Professional fluoride treatments at Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA in Melbourne, FL can help children with developing teeth and adults with damaged enamels to restore their oral health. Learn more about professional fluoride treatments during your annual exam with experienced dentist Dr. Sangiv I. Patel.

Best Candidates

Fluoride treatments can be given to patients of all ages, though it is typically given to younger patients whose teeth are developing or who have not developed good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Patel also recommends fluoride treatments for adult patients who don't have a fluoridated water supply or who are prone to cavities. Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA provides different fluoride formulas if you have specific needs, including neutral sodium fluoride if you have dry mouth, and acidulated phosphate fluoride if you have dental restorations (crowns and bridges). There are also different flavors to make these treatments easier for both younger and older patients.

What to Expect

Fluoride treatments are generally performed every six months after your dental cleaning. When you select your flavor, a team member will prepare the treatment as either a foam, gel, or paint-on varnish. It will be left on for several minutes to allow the fluoride time to penetrate the enamel before it can be spit out. The hygienist will use suction to help clear your mouth after the treatment, but you cannot rinse your mouth, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes afterward.

Follow-Up

Stomach problems can occur if you swallow any fluoride, but this should diminish in about one day following treatment. In some cases, Dr. Patel may recommend fluoride supplements for you or your child to take at home. Since fluoride can be toxic in high amounts, adults should be careful and keep supplements out of reach of children. While these treatments help to strengthen the enamel, you should continue or establish a good home oral care routine, including brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing. You should also attend your scheduled professional exams and cleanings at Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA so Dr. Patel can reassess your need for fluoride treatments.

Insurance Coverage

Most dental insurance companies cover fluoride treatments for patients under a certain age while adults may not be covered. Our staff works to get the most coverage from your dental insurance before determining your out-of-pocket costs. For patients without insurance, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA accepts several payment methods and can help you find medical financing if needed.

Fluoride Treatments

Ensure that you and your family have strong, healthy teeth with professional fluoride treatments at private practice Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA. Dr. Patel suggests fluoride treatments for younger patients with developing teeth and adults who would like to avoid issues later on. Contact our office in Melbourne, FL to make an appointment for a dental cleaning with a fluoride treatment.

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