Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay and are a key part of keeping your child's smile healthy and happy. The importance of fluoride to dental health has been shown by the ADA (American Dental Association), the WHO (World Health Organization), the AMA (American Medical Association), and several other medical groups. Patients who consume city water that contains fluoride tend to have fewer cavities and problems with tooth decay. A naturally occurring mineral that is also found in certain foods, fluoride helps to strengthen bones and teeth and protect against tooth decay. Fluoride treatments at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA may help patients who have developing teeth improve and maintain their dental health. Learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatments at your child's dental exam with board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong.
Professional fluoride treatments are commonly given to children who have developing dentition, those at an increased risk for tooth decay, and patients who do not have access to fluoridated drinking water. Dr. Jeni also suggests professional fluoride treatments for teenagers and patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry offers fluoride treatments that are simple to apply using a paint-on varnish. We also offer a choice of flavors to make treatments easier for younger patients. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry proudly offers a special fluoride treatment for patients with certain allergies.
What to Expect
Professional fluoride treatments are typically done twice a year following during your child's cleaning and exam visits. After your child selects their flavor, our team will begin to prepare the fluoride treatment, which is a paint-on varnish. The treatment will be painted onto your child's teeth at the end of their visit and does not require curing time or rinsing afterward. Our team will provide instructions on when your child can eat and drink following their fluoride treatment.
Nausea may occur if your child accidentally swallows any fluoride; however, this will usually subside within 24 hours after the treatment. In certain patients, Dr. Jeni may prescribe fluoride tablets to use between treatments. Since it is toxic in large doses, you will need to give these supplements to your child as recommended by Dr. Jeni. Although professional fluoride treatments strengthen the teeth, your child will still need to maintain a regular oral care routine at home by using a toothpaste with fluoride and flossing daily. It is also important to schedule dental exams and cleanings at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry so Dr. Jeni can continue to assess your child's need for professional fluoride treatments.
Many insurance companies cover professional fluoride treatments for younger patients. We work to help you get the most coverage through your insurance before calculating any personal or out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry offers different payment methods and may be able to help you receive low-interest medical financing.
Make sure your children achieve healthy, strong smiles with fluoride treatments at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jeni recommends professional fluoride treatments for children and teenagers to help minimize the risk of tooth decay. Contact our team in Lawrenceville, GA to schedule a professional exam and cleaning with a fluoride treatment.