Pediatric Dentistry


Flouride Treatment

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We obtain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. It is recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.

Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. I may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and groovess on the surfaces of teeth.
  • Exposed sensitive root surfaces.
  • Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
  • Reduced saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
  • History of dental decay.

Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, eliminate soda pop from your diet, drink plenty of water and visit your dentist on a six month basis.

By the time your child has begun to loose these precious baby teeth they probably have at least one adult molar in the back. Yes, quietly these teeth move in while you are observing the front teeth and because of this the child does not know to brush further back and often these teeth finish coming in with a cavity in progress. Once this tooth is in the mouth and cavity free, a Sealant will be recommended.


Related Fluoride Articles

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