Fluoride treatment is usually administered in the form of a varnish that adheres to the teeth for a period of four to six hours before being removed by brushing. Studies have shown that fluoridation, whether systemic or topical, can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, prevent gum disease, decrease tooth sensitivity, and generally improve dental health. It is important to note that ingesting too much fluoride can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain, so it is best to have it applied by a professional. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how often you should receive fluoride treatment during your six-month checkup.
The fluoride used in dental products comes from the organic element fluoride, which is the thirteenth most abundant element in the Earth's crust. If you have had an eating disorder, used drugs or alcohol in excess, have poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, weak enamel, or haven't received professional dental care in the past, you may need more frequent fluoride treatments. Flossy has a network of professionals who can help you get the best fluoride treatment available. If you have had professional dental cleaning, it is likely that you have already undergone fluoride treatment.
Dental insurance companies cover fluoride treatments for children, so there will be no cost for this procedure if your child needs it.