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Should you get a professional fluoride treatment during your next teeth cleaning? It depends.

If you’re at an increased risk for tooth decay, fluoride can help prevent cavities from forming in the first place. However, if you have healthy teeth and gums, you may not notice much of a difference after a professional fluoride treatment.

Still unsure whether a professional fluoride treatment is right for you? Here are four reasons why your teeth will benefit from fluoride treatments.

1. Prevent Childhood Cavities

Did you know most insurance companies will cover fluoride treatments for children up to age 14? That’s because children are at an increased risk for tooth decay. In fact, nearly 60% of children in the U.S. have had at least one cavity by the age of five.

Because of this, our dentists may recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen your child’s emerging teeth and protect them from dental plaque and bacteria.

2. Prevent Root Decay in Adults

Fluoride is so widely recognized for strengthening teeth that most public water supplies are treated with fluoride. You check to see if your water supply has fluoride in it on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Fluoride is also a common ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. 

Since we get fluoride from so many different sources, it can be difficult for adults to determine whether or not fluoride treatments would be beneficial. However, a professional fluoride treatment is a powerful tool in preventing tooth decay and even root decay in adults.

As we get older, it’s not uncommon for our tooth roots to weaken and become more vulnerable to oral infection. Other factors, such as receding gums and gum disease, can also expose more of the tooth and tooth roots to bacteria.

Topical fluoride treatments during your teeth cleaning at the dentist’s office can strengthen adult teeth so you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for decades to come.

3. Restore Minerals in Your Tooth Enamel

The human mouth is full of bacteria. Unfortunately, this also means that dental plaque and bacteria are constantly attacking your tooth enamel. Patients who have received fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office are more likely to have stronger enamel, protecting your teeth against cavities.

4. Maintain Healthy Fluoride Levels

Depending on your medical history, you may need extra help maintaining healthy fluoride levels through topic fluoride application. For example, fluoride varnish can help your teeth if you suffer from dry mouth or receding gum lines.

What About the Cost?

Although there are many excellent health reasons to get a fluoride treatment, you may also need to consider your finances and dental insurance policy before scheduling an appointment.

As stated before, most insurance companies will cover your children’s fluoride treatments once a year until they’re 14. However, at Lake Michigan Dental, we provide every child’s second treatment of fluoride at no additional cost if it is not covered by insurance, as a courtesy to our patients.

We understand that not all of our adult patients may want to pay for fluoride treatments out of pocket if they are not covered by insurance. If that’s the case, there are other ways to increase your fluoride intake. For example, look for mouth rinses or toothpastes that contain fluoride. It’s also important to keep in mind that fluoride treatments are just one way to protect your oral health. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are also important practices.

Protect Your Smile with a Professional Fluoride Treatment

Our Grand Rapids, MI, family dentist office is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. If you’re interested in getting a professional fluoride treatment, call Lake Michigan Dental at (616) 364-8716, or contact us online to schedule a professional teeth cleaning today.

This blog post has been updated.