1724 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220
317-257-9103
12370 Olio Road, Fishers, IN 46037
317-751-7500

Fluoride Treatment in Indianapolis and Fishers, IN

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About Fluoride Treatments

 

At Martin Dentistry in the Indianapolis and Fishers area, we prioritize the oral health of our patients by offering professional fluoride treatments as part of our comprehensive dental care services. Our team of experienced dentists—Drs. Matthew Martin, Stephanie Martin, Lynn Marshall, and Lindsey Garrison—recognizes the importance of fluoride in strengthening dental enamel and protecting against cavities.

Fluoride, a natural element known for its enamel-strengthening properties, is commonly found in water supplies and toothpaste. In addition to these sources, our practice administers professional fluoride treatments to patients who can benefit from enhanced protection against cavities and other dental concerns.

Our professional fluoride treatments are particularly beneficial for individuals with damaged teeth and those between the ages of 6 months to 16 years, as their teeth are still developing. Using fluoride varnish, available in refreshing flavors such as mint, grape bubblegum, raspberry, and caramel, our dentists apply this preventive service to strengthen teeth and combat harmful bacteria that can contribute to dental issues.

What to Expect

Professional fluoride treatments are usually given every 6 months at the patient’s regular cleaning. The dentist may use acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF) or neutral sodium fluoride, depending on the condition of the patient’s mouth. The fluoride treatment may be given as a gel, foam, or varnish that is applied to dried, clean teeth for 1 – 4 minutes. Due to the high concentration of fluoride in professional treatments, patients should never swallow any of the fluoride.

Treatment Aftercare

Patients should not eat, drink, or smoke for at least 30 minutes to allow the treatment time to fully penetrate the enamel. If any fluoride is swallowed, the patient may become nauseous, but when used properly, professional fluoride treatments are safe and effective. Patients may talk to their dentist about home fluoride treatments if they are at high risk for tooth decay.

Strengthen Your Enamel

Patients with developing teeth or who are at higher risk for developing tooth decay and dental cavities, should ask their dentist about professional fluoride treatments during their regular exam and cleaning. Your dentist can help you determine if a professional fluoride treatment is right for you and if further precautions, like prescription home fluoride treatments will improve your dental health.

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