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How does fluoride protect teeth?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in rocks, soil, and water, as well as most toothpastes. When a high concentration of fluoride is applied to teeth and given time to be absorbed, it strengthens the enamel of the tooth, which is the hard outer layer of the tooth that protects it from harmful bacteria. By strengthening tooth enamel and remineralizing the structure of the teeth, fluoride is able to help keep tooth decay at bay and even reverse cavities in their earliest stages.

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Who should receive fluoride treatments?

Fluoride treatments are an excellent preventive treatment for any patient who wants extra protection from tooth decay. They are often recommended for children of all ages, and they can actually strengthen the structure of the teeth and help kids have healthy smiles now and well into the future. They can be very beneficial for patients who have weakened tooth enamel as well. Fluoride treatments are often scheduled at the end of routine cleanings and exams after the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, and they can be performed as often as needed.

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Are fluoride treatments expensive?

Fluoride treatments are a relatively inexpensive preventive service. Some dental plans completely cover fluoride treatments, so we recommend checking with your provider to see if you can receive full or partial coverage. Our Chesterfield Membership Plan also covers fluoride treatments for children, so if your child is enrolled in our in-house plan, we recommend taking full advantage of their benefits! For additional financial questions or concerns, we recommend contacting our front office directly.

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