Strengthen & Protect Teeth with Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in many foods and added to most municipal water supplies. It is also added to many toothpastes and mouthwashes. Fluoride mineralizes dental enamel, adding strength and acting as a shield against tooth decay. When acids from the foods we eat are left on the surface of teeth, they will cause demineralization and eventually lead to cavities. At Greater Long Island Dental in Long Island, NY, Dr. Stephen Rogers and his team provide fluoride treatments to help patients avoid the need for dental fillings and other restorations. Although it is most commonly used to treat young patients, fluoride treatment can benefit patients of any age.
Why Fluoride is Important for Children’s Teeth
With a fluoride treatment from our friendly, experienced team, you can protect your child's oral health as they learn to limit sugary food intake and to brush and floss properly. Even though baby teeth are eventually lost, the health of these teeth has a significant effect on the health of permanent teeth. This quick, easy process can help your child to experience a healthy smile as well as the overall health benefits that result from excellent oral health.
Research from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that fluoride can make a significant difference in your child's oral health. Meanwhile, many insurance plans cover fluoride treatments for children, making it a simple and affordable way to safeguard your child's smile.
This quick, easy process can help your child to experience a healthy smile as well as the overall health benefits that result from excellent oral health.
How is Fluoride Applied?
During an oral exam, after the teeth have been fully cleaned and examined, we will apply professional-strength fluoride. The fluoride is typically administered as a rinse, gel, or foam. You may be advised to avoid eating or drinking anything for a short period after treatment. Otherwise, you can resume your normal routine immediately.
Our team can also provide guidance regarding at-home oral health care. This discussion may include correcting improper brushing techniques, and explaining the right type of toothpaste for you or your child. The sooner your child learns the importance of caring for his or her teeth, the better chance they have of maintaining that regimen as an adult. Of course, adults sometimes need advice regarding these practices, too. We are here to make certain that patients of all ages are taking excellent care of their teeth between six-month checkups.
Schedule a Consultation
Greater Long Island Dental can provide the compassionate preventive care you and your child need to maintain outstanding oral health. Whether you are new to the area, or simply need to establish a routine of regular dental care, we look forward to helping you and your family experience all the benefits of a healthy smile. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of fluoride for you or your child, contact us online or call (516) 468-7103 to schedule an examination.
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