Fluoride Treatment FAQ
How Safe are Fluoride Treatments?
Very safe! Generally speaking, there are no drawbacks to our fluoride treatment. It’s 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’s 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, just avoid hot or sticky foods that day.
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.
Our dentists have lots of experience working with children who have special needs, including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and dental anxiety.
We Have Well Water. Are My Children Getting Enough Fluoride?
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.