Fluoride is a natural mineral which builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It supports healthy tooth enamel which is the outer protective layer on each tooth.
The dentist in Gilbert offers the professional fluoride treatment in the form of a highly concentrated rinse, gel, foam, or varnish. It may be applied with a tray, swab, brush, or mouthwash. These treatments will have much more fluoride than what’s present in your water.
Insurance usually covers fluoride treatments for children. The adults may need to pay 10 to 30 dollars from their pocket so it’s better to ask the dentist about the cost of treatment.
According to American Dental Association, you can get a fluoride treatment done at dental office at every 3, 6, or 12 months based on your oral health. People with higher risk of cavities can use a special fluoride rinse or gel regularly at home prescribed by the dentist.
If the child is less than 3 years old, you must apply a thin layer of fluoride toothpaste on their brush and make them brush under your supervision. For children above the age of 3 years, fluoride toothpaste in the size of a pea is recommended.
Too much fluoride can lead to:
Even if your local water is boosted by added fluoride, you must use the fluoride toothpaste, as suggested by the ADA.