[Question] ||| "My hygienist wants to apply fluoride varnish after my cleaning, but, as an adult, it’s not covered by my insurance. Is it worth the $30-$35?"
[Answer] ||| "Absolutely – fluoride varnish provides protection from cavities and strengthens the seams of existing dental work too! Tooth decay occurs because the acids produced in our mouths remove the minerals from our teeth that make them strong. Fluoride varnish re-mineralizes our teeth and disrupts acid production. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluorinated water certainly helps, but it’s not enough. The fluoride varnish treatment provided by your dentist or hygienist is at much higher strength and is the most effective adjunct available in dentistry today.
In-office fluoride varnish can be applied directly to specific areas that are sensitive or to areas especially susceptible to decay, like the margins of a crown or in between your teeth. The cost of applying fluoride varnish is substantially lower than the cost of a filling or the cost to replace a crown due to cavities and leaking dental work.
Unfortunately, some insurance companies do not understand that fluoride varnish would prove to be more cost-effective for them in the long run."
[ABOUT THE EXPERT] ||| Dr. Howard Snider, D.M.D. | Advanced Dental Health
Dr. Howard Snider, a Southern California native, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology from U.C.L.A. before earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Snider has been providing high quality dental care to families in the Phoenix valley for over twenty years, has extensive training in high-tech metal-free dentistry, and has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses in cosmetic dentistry.
A sports enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his three children, Dr. Snider had a record-setting track and field and cross-country career while at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, and competed for two years at the collegiate level at San Diego State University before attending UCLA.
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