Fluoride Treatments

Over 90% of all people will suffer from tooth decay (cavities) at some point during their life. Even the best at-home brushing and flossing habits aren’t always a foolproof way to prevent tooth decay– especially in children. The enamel in children’s teeth is thinner than in adult teeth, and is more vulnerable to damaging bacteria. Genetics, diet, and a variety of other factors also influence the rate at which bacteria damage the enamel.

Fortunately, fluoride treatments can help!

Fluoride helps maintain the strength and integrity of your child’s tooth enamel and reduces the risk of decay and cavities. This is especially important for children who are not fully cooperative for quality at-home hygiene habits and for children who have special needs.

How Do Fluoride Treatments Work?

Tooth decay and cavities begin to form when the foods we eat and beverages we drink dissolve some of the mineral content in tooth enamel. Once that happens, bacteria continues feed on the sugars in the mouth and produce acid which damages the structure of your child’s teeth.

Fluoride treatments can slow down or stop this process by reinforcing your child’s natural tooth structure and can even arrest small cavities that are in the early stage of formation (as long as the decay is confined to the tooth enamel).

We apply fluoride topically to your child’s teeth. Topical application is extremely safe and will not damage any permanent teeth. Fluoride varnish is very similar to a strong, sticky toothpaste. It will stick to your child’s teeth and gradually absorb into the enamel over the course of several hours. Because the fluoride actually binds directly to the tooth’s surface your child will still be able to eat or drink right away.

What Our Patients Say

Fluoride TestimonialWe had such a great experience with Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville! The staff was very friendly and accommodating to our 2 kids!

— Destaney R.


Call Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville at (434) 817-1817 or contact us online to learn more about how fluoride treatments can help your child.

Is Fluoride Right for Your Child?

We generally recommend fluoride treatments be performed along with routine cleanings. There are virtually no dangers or drawbacks to treating your child’s teeth with fluoride and the treatments can help reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay. It can even stop early cavity development, preventing the need for more extensive dental treatments further down the road.

If you have more questions about fluoride treatments, just ask your child’s dentist at his or her next appointment.

We are here to help you and your child!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Safe are Fluoride Treatments?

Very safe! Generally speaking, there are no drawbacks to our fluoride treatment. They’re simply a great way to strengthen your child’s teeth and reduce their risk of tooth decay.

I thought Fluoride was poisonous or harmful. Is this true?

Ingesting large amounts of fluoride can be dangerous. However, we only apply fluoride topically, and because it is sticky, you don’t have to worry about it rinsing off or your child swallowing it.

Does My Child Need to Avoid Eating or Drinking After a Fluoride Treatment?

Nope! Our fluoride treatments are a topical “varnish” that bonds directly to the tooth’s surface. That means your child can eat and drink after their appointment is over.

Are Fluoride Treatments Recommended for Children with Special Needs?

Yes! Children with special needs or those who can’t clean their own teeth are often at high risk of developing cavities and damaging tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are very beneficial for your child if he or she has special needs. Additionally, fluoride treatments are completely non-invasive, do not take long to apply, and can be done as part of a routine cleaning appointment.

We Have Well Water. Are My Children Getting Enough Fluoride?

This is a great question. Counterintuitively, this is an issue that you should discuss with your pediatrician, as they can better help you test your water’s fluoride content and recommend whether your child needs a prescription for Fluoride supplementation.

How Often Should My Child Receive Fluoride Treatments?

For children under the age of 18, we usually recommend a fluoride treatment twice a year, as part of your child’s cleaning and dental exam.

What if I Don’t Want to Use Fluoride? Is it Optional?

As with all treatment, you have the right to decide what you think is best for you and your family. We are here to offer our expert recommendations, but if you don’t feel comfortable with routine Fluoride application, then we will respect your preferences.

Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?

Yes! We accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:

  • Anthem
  • Metlife
  • Guardian
  • United Concordia
  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna
“My kids feel at home here…..like they’re visiting family. What else can I say. The staff goes out of their way to make my girls comfortable and happy. They treat us with genuine care and concern; not like another patient. Thank you Children’s Dentistry of Charottesville! We love you!!!”

— Karine S.

Call (434) 817-1817 to Schedule Your Appointment

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