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Fluoride Treatment: What You Need to Know

Fluoride And Dental Health

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps in making your teeth strong and prevents cavities. It supports the tooth enamel and fights the bacteria, which harm teeth and gums.

What Happens During A Professional Fluoride Treatment?

The dentist in Auburn offer professional fluoride treatment with the help of a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish. It takes only a few minutes for application.

How Much Does A Fluoride Treatment Cost?

These procedures are usually covered by the insurance when done for children. However, adults may have to pay 10 to 30 dollars. Ask the dentist about the cost of treatment before the procedure.

How Much Fluoride Do You Need?

According to the ADA, you can get a professional fluoride treatment in every 3,6, or 12 months depending on your oral health. The daily recommended amount of fluoride is:

  • Birth to 3 years of age- 0.1 to 1.5 milligrams
  • 4 to 6 years of age- 1 to 2.5 mg
  • 7 to 10 years of age- 1.5 to2.5 mg
  • Adolescents and adults- 1.5 to 4 mg

Fluoride For Children

If your child is under 3 years of age, they should brush with a fluoride toothpaste using a minimal quantity. For kids between 3 to 6 years of age, the toothpaste used should be in the size of a pea. Make sure that they spit the toothpaste after brushing.

What Are The Benefits Of Fluoride?

  • It restores the minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel.
  • It benefits both adults and children in reducing the risk of developing cavities. People who received fluoride treatment for one year were 43% less likely to have decay and cavities.

Are There Side Effects To Fluoride?

Too much fluoride can cause:

  • Very dense bones that aren’t strong
  • White stains on mature teeth
  • Issues with bone homeostasis
  • Teeth staining and pitting on the teeth

Do You Need To Use Toothpaste?

You can simply use a brush for removing plaque and food debris, but adding a toothpaste helps in getting better results.

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