Did you know that the most common chronic childhood disease is tooth decay? For this reason, many preventive care dentists strongly recommend fluoride treatments for children.

Be sure to have a conversation with our Grand Rapids family dentist about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth as soon as they get their first tooth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fluoride varnish can prevent approximately one-third of all childhood cavities in baby teeth. A fluoride varnish application works by strengthening tooth enamel so it’s protected against tooth decay.

Fluoride treatments are typically covered up to age 14. While fluoride treatments for adults usually aren’t covered by insurance, they can still be beneficial for patients at risk for cavities.

For example, patients with receding gum lines benefit from fluoride treatments because it prevents dental plaque and bacteria from settling along exposed teeth. Ask our Grand Rapids dentist if fluoride treatments are right for you.

Dr. Ritzema DDS at Complete Health Dentistry of West Michigan is dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health by offering preventive dental care services. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of fluoride treatments, call our dentist in Grand Rapids at (616) 458-7267.