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Fluoride Treatments

Children and some adults are particularly susceptible to tooth decay, which can compromise teeth and be a hassle to address.

Fluoride protects teeth from erosion and, in turn, reduces the risk of cavities.

That sounds great! But how does it work?

How Fluoride Keeps Teeth Strong

Graphic of sparkling tooth Prevents Decay

By making teeth more resistant to the acids found in plaque, fluoride can protect you from cavities and reverse early decay.

Graphic of patient in exam chair as dentist inspects their teeth Provides More Concentrated Treatment

Though fluoride is often found in toothpastes and mouth rinses, it is delivered at a higher concentration in professional gels, solutions, and varnishes.

Graphic of adult and child holding hands Protects Adults and Children Alike

While most often recommended for children, fluoride can benefit adults who are more vulnerable to cavities, including those with gum disease, dry mouth conditions, or restorations.

What can you expect during treatment?

Illustration of fluoride gel as it is applied to smile If You or Your Child are Prone to Cavities, You Have the Power to Fight Them

But is fluoride treatment the best option for me and my child?

Child with missing teeth smiling as fluoride is applied to their teeth Why Pay for Preventive Care When I Can Treat a Cavity?

Graphic of a pile of coins The cost of a typical fluoride application is about $30 to $35. In contrast, fillings generally cost about $90 to $250, and crowns about $500 to $2,500 per tooth.

While a crown can take up to two weeks to fabricate and place, varnish takes only a few minutes to apply.

Fluoride strengthens teeth to protect them from erosion...

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Is fluoride always applied the same way?

Choose Your Method of Delivery

Fluoride treatment comes in many forms. If you would prefer to avoid trays and gel, your dentist can use varnish. This is gently painted on the front, back, and top of teeth and will harden in seconds. The entire procedure takes no more than two minutes. Simply leave the varnish on for six hours (you can return to normal activities immediately), and remove it with a toothbrush later in the day.

Fluoride treatment is a quick and easy way to protect the health and longevity of your or your child's smile. At such a low cost, it is a no-brainer! Talk to your dentist today to learn more.

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