Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a nutrient essential to the formation of healthy teeth and bones, as are calcium, phosphorus and other elements. Fluoride is absorbed systemically, by way of the circulation to developing teeth; and topically, directly to the exposed surfaces of erupted teeth.


 In-office topical fluoride helps repair teeth in very early (microscopic) stages of decay. Therefore, nearly all patients will benefit from this preventative treatment, but it is of particular importance to:


  • Children under the age of 18
  • Elderly patients with root cavities
  • Patients with recession areas and root exposure
  • Patients with high risk of cavities and history of restorations at any age
  • Patients with white spots on their teeth or demineralized enamel
  • Patients with Stomach Acid Reflux or GERD
  • Patients who are bothered by cold sensitivity in their teeth
  • Patients with dry mouth
  • Patients who have undergone head and neck radiation therapy

In office fluoride treatment is done in the form of Varnish or Gel/Tray. These products contain a much higher fluoride concentration than the over-the-counter tooth paste or mouthwash.

The hygienist will assess your teeth and inform you before applying the fluoride. After your dental cleaning, the teeth are dried and receive 5% Sodium Fluoride varnish on all surfaces of all the teeth. The treated teeth will feel as if they have a coating, but the product is clear and not visible.

The patient will be instructed to avoid hot drinks and alcoholic beverages, eating crunchy foods, and brushing or flossing the teeth for 4-6 hours to allow fluoride uptake to continue.

Varnish will dissolve in the saliva and the fluoride will be absorbed by the hypo-mineralized enamel.


The frequency of this treatment will be determined by the patient’s dental history and diet anywhere from 1 to 3 times a year. Our hygienist might recommend fluoride treatment at every hygiene visit if there’s poor oral hygiene, high-risk of cavities, demineralization spots or severe cold sensitivity.


Insurance coverage for fluoride treatments varies widely depending on your plan. Nearly all dental insurance plans cover fluoride in children and adolescents, and the premium plans will cover fluoride in adult patients up to 4 times per year. The office of Dr. Mazen Natour will handle all insurance matters for its patients. Please call us if you have any questions about your coverage.