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Fluoride Treatment – Lincoln, NE

Preventing Tooth Decay While Strengthening Enamel

A little girl holding her face and smiling

Dr. Marty Killeen is a firm believer in the benefits of fluoride. Found in our drinking water and toothpaste, this natural mineral is effective at combatting tooth decay and strengthening enamel. However, just because your child is receiving it through other sources, additional fluoride treatment is necessary due to the increased risk for cavities in young teeth. Since your child has minimal dexterity when it comes to brushing and flossing, it can be hard to effectively remove harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay. With this in mind, Dr. Killeen and his team are pleased to provide fluoride treatment during every visit. To learn more about this beneficial mineral, contact us today!

Why Choose Us for Fluoride Treatment?

  • Safe and Effective Treatment for Combatting Tooth Decay
  • Highly Trained Pediatric Dentist: Dr. Mary Killeen
  • Compassionate and Gentle Approach

What Are the Benefits?

A little girl smiling and wearing a crown

For decades, dentists have continued to encourage and provide fluoride treatment to children and adults, but why? What is so great about fluoride that makes it an integral part of every dental visit? Here are a few reasons:

  • Strengthens tooth enamel to protect it from damage and injury
  • Combats tooth decay and cavities by fighting off bacteria
  • Is great for all types of smile, especially those that are young and at high risk for cavities
  • Is painless to apply and can be completed in just minutes
  • Requires no additional appointment but instead, can be done during a regular checkup

How Does Treatment Work?

A dentist applying fluoride to a patient’s teeth

No matter the age, children and infant fluoride treatment can be extremely effective when applied each time you bring them in for a dental appointment. Although Dr. Killeen recommends it during each visit, it is at your discretion as to whether you would like your child to receive it.

The process for application is quick and easy, requiring only a few short minutes. While your child is seated in the dentist’s chair, Dr. Killeen will apply a fluoride varnish to the front and chewing surfaces of their teeth, coating them to ensure a proper layer of protection.

After a few minutes, you and your child will be free to go.

Aftercare Instructions

A family brushing their teeth together

It is recommended that your child not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after having fluoride applied to their teeth. This allows the varnish to thoroughly soak into the teeth, creating a substantial barrier between the enamel and any possible bacteria that could result in tooth decay.

Apart from regular fluoride treatments, you can help your little one stay cavity-free by making sure they follow a normal oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash. It is also helpful to ensure they are eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding too many sugary and starchy foods.