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The importance of professional fluoride application during dental visits

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and has long been described as nature’s best cavity fighting warrior. Interestingly enough, it is not without controversy even though it has been repeatedly proven to be entirely safe and remarkably effective. In fact, dental experts note that it prevents cavity formation in the teeth of both children and adults alike by its ability to make the enamel (outermost coating of the teeth) resistant to attacks by acid. This means, fluoride administered during treatment by a paediatric dentist or a general dentist will help reduce the risks of tooth decay.

Do You Get Fluoride Only Through Dental Treatments?
That makes many wonder just how to get fluoride on their teeth. The natural answer is to visit your general dentist who offers such treatments as part of their regular, preventative dental care options. You can also:

  • Use toothpastes with fluoride added. These are easily available at supermarkets.
  • Drink water with fluoride. Australian water has fluoride added to it.
  • Use a mouth rinse that includes fluoride (rinsing along with twice daily brushing and flossing can work wonders in combatting tooth decay)


In some cases, your dentist may recommend a tooth paste with higher fluoride concentration. These would be available at pharmacies. Of course, the first line of prevention is drinking fluoride containing water and using fluoridated toothpaste for your brushing. In addition, it is extremely important to have your twice-annual cleanings which is when the dentist will professionally apply fluoride to your teeth. This is a fast and effective approach that can be done using a rinse, gel or foaming agent that goes on easily and remains for a short time before being rinsed or removed.

The good news is that most private health funds cover these services as part of their preventive dental care cover. Coverage is going to vary, but we are BUPA Platinum Providers and Medibank Member’s Choice Advantage Providers so your regular dental treatments which include a check-up and cleaning, an exam of the condition of the gums, plaque removal and a fluoride treatment are generally fully covered with appropriate insurance policy.

Book with Your Dentist at Quay Dental Today
Quay Dental is located in the Sydney CBD and offers a variety of dental services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentristry, preventative care, emergency care or root canals, implant dentistry and Invisalign. So, if you are in search of a dentist in the Sydney area, a paediatric dentist in Bondi Junction or hope to find a premier dentist in Sydney, you can contact the office today. Both a BUPA Platinum and Medibank Private Advantage Provider, we can speak with you about the coverage included and available, along with any other dental care needs or questions you might have.

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