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Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride Treatment - Long Island City, NY

Fluoride can prevent and reverse cavities

Fluoride treatment at the dentist is a preventive procedure whose purpose is to prevent and reverse small decay in teeth. Our dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental fully endorse this cost effective treatment to help preserve your teeth. Your fluoride treatment in Long Island City will reap benefits for months to come and keep tooth decay at bay.

What we offer

At Jackson Ave Dental, our dental team provides multiple options for fluoridated treatment. They come in different concentrations of this naturally occurring mineral and they're also applied differently.

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Fluoride Varnish

This is a a sticky gel that is very concentrated in fluoride. It consists of 5% sodium fluoride which makes it about 20x as potent as your toothpaste.

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Prescription Toothpaste

If you are a candidate for it, we can prescribe you a prescription strength toothpaste. This is a 1.1% sodium fluoride gel that has 5x as much fluoride as your regular toothpaste.

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Prophy Paste

The prophy paste is actually the polishing paste that you use at the end of your dental cleaning. Most people are unaware that it has a rather high concentration of fluoride in it!

When fluoride treatment is needed

We use fluoridated oral hygiene products on a daily basis as a preventative measure to strengthen and protect your teeth. Although professional treatment by your dentist is more potent and may be needed for certain conditions. 

When it's needed:

  • High risk for cavities

  • History of a lot of dental work

  • Incipient caries (cavities that are just starting)

  • Weakened teeth

  • Teeth that chip easily

  • You've a non-fluoridated water supply

  • Diet high in sugar

  • Enamel is thinning or eroding

How we can help

The entire process to get professionally treated with fluoride with our long island city dentists at Jackson Ave Dental is a cinch. It takes less than 5 minutes to apply it.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens your teeth

  • Repairs small defects in your enamel

  • Protects the enamel from cavities and acid attacks

  • Antibacterial properties

  • Can help decrease teeth sensitivity

  • Reverse enamel decay

  • Remineralizes white spots

What to expect: 5 mins application

Fluoride is applied after your dental check up and cleaning. The reason being, you want to apply it directly onto a clean enamel surface and not on plaque or tartar.

  1. Dry the teeth with gauze or air/water syringe.

  2. Apply fluoride varnish onto every tooth surface.

  3. Do not eat, drink, or smoke for the next 3 hours but try to leave it on your teeth for as long as possible for maximum benefit.

Fluoride treatment cost

On average, fluoride treatment is fully covered by insurance if you are 13-14 years or younger. The coverage is typically at 100% if you're age eligible.

However, that means fluoride is often not covered for adults. Once in a blue moon we may see adult coverage for this preventative procedure. Unfortunately, if you want it or need it as a grown up, you'll need to pay out of pocket for it.

FAQs

Is fluoride safe?

According to the CDC there has not been any convincing scientific evidence that proves fluoridated water with any severe adverse health effects. Therefore it is safe to have fluoride in moderation.

No risks associated with:

  • Cancer

  • Down syndrome

  • Heart disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Bone fracture

  • Immune disorders

  • Low intelligence

  • Renal disorders

  • Alzheimer disease

  • Allergic reactions

Ready to make an appointment?

If you're ready for professional fluoride treatment in Long Island City, our caring dentists and experienced dental team at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental will fight cavities with you. You may self schedule online or give us a call and our receptionist will help you.

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